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first_imgPakistan then forced seven penalty corners in the space Pakistan then forced seven penalty corners in the space of three minutes, four of them in a succession before equalising in the 21st minute. Muhammad Irfan Jr found the target in a scrimmage following a penaty corner shot. New Zealand left Pakistan way behind with three goals in a four minute burst. Two strikes by Woods (39th and 42nd minutes) and one by Kane Russell (43rd) on penalty corners stunned Pakistan. Pakistan tried to stage a comeback and exerted a lot of pressure on New Zealand, but could only reduce the margin by a goal. Qadir scored his second goal for Pakistan in the 52nd minute before New Zealand closed the gaps in their defence. Earlier, fast-improving Canada posted their first victory in three outings by prevailing 3-1 over Japan. After a goalless first half, Canada rode on two open field goals in successive minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Mark Pearson (34th minute) and Garbiel Ho-Garcia (35th) penetrated the Japanese circle to shoot on target before Japan pulled one back in the 42nd through captain Hiroki Sakamoto through a penalty corner. Canada sealed the fate of the contest with a 45th-minute penalty corner strike by captain Scott Tupper. The victory took Canadas points tally to four from three outings. They had picked up the first point from a 1-1 draw against New Zealand on Thursday. Japan have suffered defeats in all their three outings. PTI Cor SSC SSClast_img

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