Japan defeat Pakistan in penalty shootout to clinch Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Following a 2-2 draw, the championship was settled with a penalty shootout

The Pakistani team lines up for the penalty shootout in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup final on May 11, 2024. — X/@Muneeb313
  • Tiebreaker via penalties after a deadlock at two goals each.
  • Japan demonstrated a spirited recovery to tie the score in the final quarter.
  • 13 years since Pakistan’s last final appearance in the tournament.

Japan emerged victorious in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup, outdoing Pakistan in the penalty shootout with a score of 4-1.

The shootout was necessitated following a 2-2 score at the end of regulation time.

Ryoma Ooka took the first successful shot for Japan, setting the stage for his colleagues who kept up the scoring pace.

Pakistan, on the other hand, failed to convert their initial two attempts. Ammad Butt succeeded in securing a goal during the third round of shots.

Earlier, Japan had fought their way back into the game to tie the score at 2-2 after Pakistan had taken the lead with two third-quarter goals. Kazumasa Matsumoto’s goal at the 47th minute was crucial for Japan’s comeback.

Pakistan’s resurgence in the third quarter featured goals from Ajaz Ahmed and Abdul Rehman in the 34th and 37th minutes, respectively.

Seren Tanaka was the first to tally a goal for Japan, giving them an early advantage in the 12th minute.

It is noteworthy that Pakistan reached the championship match for the first time since 13 years prior.

The tournament’s 2024 edition wrapped up with Japan and Pakistan at the helm of the points leaderboard, having not lost a single match in their round-robin games.

Japan clinched the top spot with 13 points, resulting from four wins and one draw. Pakistan, trailing close behind, secured second place with 11 points.

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