Bhubaneswar, 3 December 2014: After working hard at the training sessions in the last few days, Pakistan, Argentina, Netherlands and England today played practice matches at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar ahead of the upcoming Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014.
Being one of the contenders of the Hero Champions Trophy title, Pakistan showed a speedy game and outplayed Argentina by 3-0 in the first practice match. With the new format of four quarters, Pakistan displayed their dominating game and scored goals at ease. Muhammad Irfan opened the account with his goal in the 1st quarter, followed by Muhammad Arslan Qadir’s goal in the 2nd quarter and Muhammad Rizwan Sr. scored another one in third to give them the lead of 3-0.
Pakistan grouped in Pool A, whereas Argentina will be playing in Pool B.
Speaking after the match, Pakistan Captain Muhammad Imran said, “We want to play a good number of practice matches before the start of the Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014. Though we should not compare practice matches with tournament matches, but today’s win will give us confidence.”
In another practice match, one of the favourites of the tournament the Netherlands was held by England by 1-1, played at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. Both the teams played a defensive game and used most of their players from the squads during the match. England grouped in Pool A, whereas The Netherlands will be playing in Pool B.
Speaking after the match, England Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “This was a good practice match for us ahead of the Hero Men’s Champions 2014. It was not easy to adjust so quickly but we will try our best to be at the top of our hockey soon.”