Pakistan faced England in crucial hockey World Cup game in New Delhi today but got defeated. Pakistan is therefore virtually out of Hockey World Cup 2010 now.
Pakistan was back in contention for a semi-final slot after their hard-fought win against Spain in the hockey World Cup but the European champions England in a group ‘B’ encounter on Thursday defeated Pakistan, virtually throwing latter out of Hockey World Cup 2010.
Captain Barry Middleton and Jonty Clarke scored twice each to lead England over Pakistan 5-2 in the field hockey World Cup today.
Ashley Jackson also scored for England, which blew a 2-0 halftime lead when Shakeel Abbasi and Rehan Butt scored in a four-minute span to level.
Middleton broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute to set England on course for a third successive victory, still atop Pool B and closer to a spot in the semifinals.
Pakistan versus England World Cup Head-to-heads
-This will be the 8th time England play Pakistan at the World Cup and the first time since 2006, when England beat Pakistan 1-0 in the Final 5-6 through a 67th minute field goal by Martin Jones.
-England have won 3 of their 7 World Cup matches against Pakistan, drawing 2 and losing 2.
-At the 1998 World Cup Pakistan beat England twice: 7-5 in the Pool match and 4-2 in the Final 7-8.