Karachi, Former legendary hockey Olympian Hasan Sardar feels that there is a tough test ahead the green-shirts when they face world champion Australia today (Tuesday) in a do-or-die battle but performance from each player could earn a rare victory for Pakistan and in recent times rarer Olympics semifinal berth.
Each and every player must perform in the match to win against Australia, Hasan told PPI. But Pakistan plays well against Australians and there is a chance that eighth placed Pakistan could beat World No 1 Australians in the last group match.
However, Hasan added that the match would be tough and the defense must put their best and the forward-line should assist the defense and also keep the Australians on tenterhooks by attacking frequently.
The Pakistan s defense did well in the first two matches but against Great Britain and South Africa, the defense looked disoriented. Meanwhile, forward-line also failed to support them well, he said.
However, he added that the forward-line has started scoring field goals, which is a good sign for the team.
The players should go all out to win their match. Australians play open and attacking game like us and therefore our team will also have a good chance to beat the hot favorites, he said.
But the Australians will also be determined to win the match as they are also in dire need of three points to confirm their place in the semifinals after a draw against host Great Britain.
Australia and Great Britain are at No 1 and No 2 positions respectively with eight points each while Pakistan are at third place ahead Spain and South Africa with seven points.
We have defeated Argentina in the tournament and Argentina has drawn its match against Australia. So I think there is hope for us that our team beat Australia and qualify for the semifinals and lets pray that our team win and qualify for the semifinals, Hasan said.
Meanwhile, another legendary Olympian Samiullah said that there is little hope for Pakistan to beat the Australians or either pull a draw as Australia is undoubtedly the best team playing in the tournament.
Fingers are crossed for the team but the chances are low as Australia is the best team competing in the tournament. In order to win, each player must put their personal best to win the match, Samiullah said.