Abbas On the Roll as Pakistan Intensify Hockey Hunt

via foxsports.news.com.au

WORLD-record goalscorer Sohail Abbas continued his amazing run as hosts Pakistan came from behind to down New Zealand for a second consecutive win in the men’s Champions Trophy hockey today.

The Netherlands and Spain also recorded their second wins on day two of the elite six-nation tournament to set up a three-way tie at the top. The Dutch, seeking a hat-trick of titles, received a scare from valiant India before winning a high-scoring thriller 5-4. Spain brushed aside Germany’s second-string team 5-2.

Abbas, 28, scored two penalty corners in three minutes to lift Pakistan after Wayne McIndoe had put New Zealand ahead four minutes after the interval. Shakeel Abbasi equalised for Pakistan before Abbas’ brace increased his world record tally to 271 goals from 220 matches amidst full-throated support from some 20,000 home fans. “Pakistan took the match away from us between the 50th and 55th minute when they scored three goals,” said Kiwi coach Kevin Towns. “We had our chances but Pakistan showed why they are such a dangerous side…