Pakistan leveled against traditional rival India 2-2 in the last minute of their thrilling hockey match at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday.
Dilpreet Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored for India during half-time. In the third quarter, Irfan Jr brought Pakistan one up while Ali Mubashar scored a last-minute penalty to rescue his team from what looked to be a certain defeat.
India dominated the first quarter, with Pakistan also having a shot which hit the crossbar. India’s Dilpreet Singh scored the opening goal of the match with just 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Pakistan saw themselves a man short as Muhammad Atiq was shown a yellow card, bringing the odds in favour of India.
Harmanpreet Singh scored India’s second goal, bringing the lead to 2-0.
Plenty of drama unfolded as Akashdeep Singh and Muhammad Faisal Qadir got involved in a scuffle and the referee sent the two players out of the field.
After being dominated in the first two quarters, Pakistan came back into the game with Mohammad Irfan Jr tapping the ball in after Rizwan’s shot beat Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.
With seven seconds to go before the final whistle, Pakistan got their final chance to score an equaliser after being awarded a penalty corner.
Pakistan asked for a review after the ball thwarted off the defender’s foot. The referee awarded Pakistan its eighth penalty corner, which Ali Mubashar converted into a goal to draw the match 2-2.
After leveling their last game with a last-second goal against rivals India, Pakistan drew 2-2 against England in another thrilling encounter in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday morning.