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UK: Imran, Abbas guide Pakistan past Argentina


KARACHI, (Agencies): Pakistan recorded their first win in the hockey tournament at the London Olympics on Wednesday as they beat Argentina 2-0.

Mohammad Imran and captain Sohail Abbas scored as Pakistan swept past Argentina at the Riverbank Arena in London. Argentina, on the other hand, maintained a good rhythm but could not convert their chances into goals.

Imran gave the Greenshirts the lead in the first half as he scored from a penalty corner in the 29th minute which ensured that Pakistan ended the first half on top. The second half saw Abbas miss a chance after he failed to convert a penalty corner but the expert drag-flicker made up for that within minutes as he doubled Pakistanís lead through another penalty corner in the 43rd minute.

Argentina saw two penalty corners taken by Pedro Ibarra and Manuel Brunet saved by Imran Shah as they failed to give a concrete response to Pakistan.

Pakistan held Spain to a 1-1 draw in their opening match at the Olympics and are now behind Australia who lead the standings and level with hosts Great Britain with four points but behind on goal difference.

The Greenshirts next play the hosts on Friday at 20:00 PST.

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