LONDON - The power of M Imran and Sohail Abbas’ drag-flicks saw Pakistan pick up their first win of the Olympics, condemning Argentina to a second successive defeat on Wednesday. They fired home a corner in each half to see off the South American side.
There was a little goalmouth action to go around in start and Rehan Butt’s halfway line steal led to the first shot in the 21st minute, drifting a bit too far left to leave a tough angle to truly test Juan Manuel Vivaldi. The lead was forged when Waqas raced clear and was tripped with the circle nearing and Imran dragged home despite Manuel Brunet’s desperate efforts.
Pakistan doubled the margin again through a penalty corner in second half. Sohail’s first effort from was brilliantly saved by Gonzalo Peillat but went dangerous offering the world’s greatest marksman another chance. He duly obliged with his 346th international goal.