Japan defeat Pakistan in penalty shootout to clinch Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Final was decided in shootout after both teams scored two goals apiece at the end of full-time

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Pakistan players queue up to take part in penalty shootout during Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup final on May 11, 2024. — X/@Muneeb313
  • Penalty shootout decides winner after both sides scored two goals.
  • Japan staged comeback to level score 2-2 in fourth quarter.
  • Pakistan qualified for final for first time in 13 years.

Japan have clinched the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in penalty shootout, defeating Pakistan by 4-1 after the game between two sides ended in a draw.

The final was decided in shootout after both teams scored two goals apiece at the end of full-time.

Japan took the lead in the shootout courtesy of Ryoma Ooka while his teammates continued the momentum, scoring the other three.

Meanwhile, Pakistan missed the first two whereas Ammad Butt netted the ball in the third stroke.

Earlier, Japan staged a comeback to level the score 2-2 after Pakistan scored two goals in the third quarter. Kazumasa Matsumoto produced the second goal in the 47th minute.

In the third quarter, Pakistan came from behind as Ajaz Ahmed netted the goal in the 34th minute while Abdul Rehman scored in the 37th minute.

Seren Tanaka scored the first goal for Japan at the 12th-minute mark and gain a lead.

Remember, Pakistan qualified for the final for the first time in 13 years.

The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2024 saw the conclusion of round matches on Friday with Japan and Pakistan finishing as the top two teams on the points table as both remained unbeaten throughout the round-robin matches.

Japan remained on the top with 13 points as they won four matches and drew only one. While Pakistan stayed in the second position with 11 points.