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    Pakistan, Argentina, Belgium win in Champions Challenge hockey

    SALTA: Pakistan defeated Canada 2-1 in the opening match of the Champions Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament here on Monday while hosts Argentina impressed the crowd with a decisive 6-2 win over South Africa and the young Belgium team showed character to beat China 4-3, and India and New Zealand split points after an entertaining match 2-2.

    The 2009 Champions Challenge opened under stormy skies in a venue diligently prepared by the Salta Hockey Association.

    Pakistan started the tournament in a magnificent way as they gained two-goal lead through their penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas in the first half.

    However, Canada showed better game in the second half and scored a goal while Pakistan could not add any goal to their first-half score and emerged victorious in the end by two goals to one.

    Sohail Abbas not only played a key role in Pakistans victory but also reached an important milestone by completing 300 goals of his international career. He became the first player in the world to achieve this feat.

    Pakistan will play their second match tomorrow against hosts Argentina.

    Argentina outplayed South Africa 6-2 in a one-sided contest while Belgium after a tough contest beat China 4-3.

    The next game between India and New Zealand was hotly contested affair which ended in a 2-2 draw.

    The Champions Challenge continues on Tuesday in Salta when India face China, Belgium meet New Zealand, Canada play South Africa and hosts Argentina conclude the day against Pakistan.

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