Pakistan fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympic

Three-time champion Pakistan has failed to secure a berth for next year’s Olympic Games in the men’s hockey event after registering a crushing 1-6 defeat against Netherlands in the second qualifier.

Amsterdam: Netherlands, which was held to a surprise 4-4 draw on Saturday, bounced back strongly and came out with a devastating display of attacking hockey on Sunday to triumph 10-5 on aggregate.

The Dutch raced to a 4-0 lead at half time with Mink van der Weerden scoring twice and Bjorn Kellerman and Mirco Pruijser both firing home glorious backhand efforts.

In the third quarter, Terrance Pieters and Jip Janssen scored in the space of four minutes to effectively end the contest altogether. However, Rizwan Ali scored a consolatory goal for Pakistan in the  53rd minute.