Asian Games Football: Pakistan Bags First Ever Victory After 44 Years

After 44 years, Pakistan bagged their victory against Nepal in the Asian Games. Nepal was defeated by 2-1 in the last Group D match in Bekasi, Indonesia on Sunday.

Situation seemed off for Pakistan when Shahbaz Younus, unintendedly, scored in own-goal in the 12th minute. But everything came back together in the second half as Muhammad Bial scored in the 54th minute. The game was sealed with a winning goal by captain Saddam Hussain courtesy a penalty in the 72nd minute.

With this win, hopes are rising for Pakistan to make it to the knockout round. Be that as it may, Pakistan in comparison with other nations has a poor goal difference which is -6, as they lost to Vietnam in the first match and lost against Japan by 4-0 on Thursday.

Overall, Pakistan has only won thrice at the Asian Games football event, 1954, 1974 and now.

The victory, although, is a great moment for Pakistan but it also has downside. Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) sent off the team without any physio or doctor and sent a masseur instead. Which meant that if any of the players got injured they wouldn’t have any immediate access to doctor, thus relying on the host nation’s physicians. Just as in the past, if any of the players experience injury, they would be returned back home without any support or backup plan.

As per the Fifa ranking, Pakistan is ranked as 201. This was the very first tournament after March 2015, when the team last played The Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Yemen, but unfortunately lost against them.

Nepal Against Pakistan

The opponent seems quite strong according to the statistics. Here is the comparison between Pakistan and Nepal:

International wins
Pakistan – 53 wins, 38 draws, 151 loss
Nepal – 51 wins, 35 draws, 123 loss

Fifa World Ranking
Pakistan – 201
Nepal – 161

Asian Games wins
Pakistan – 2
Nepal – 0

Fifa World Cup
Both teams have never qualified for Fifa World Cup.

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