BHUBANESWAR, India – Pakistan to take on Netherlands in a must-win match at the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday (today).
Team Pakistan need to win this match to qualify for the next round of the mega event. A defeat against Netherlands will leave Pakistan and Malaysia to qualify on better goal difference.
.@PHFOfficial enjoys a better head to head win ratio against @oranjehockey. However, the current Netherlands side would be a hard nut to crack for them. Watch them play at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. #NEDvPAK #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/Xkz8ufbw3i
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 9, 2018
The match is scheduled to start at 6:30pm (PST). The live streaming of the fixture will be available on Star India’s official online streaming platform, Hotstar. You can find live score and live streaming on dailypakistan.com.pk.
PTV Sports will also televise all remaining matches of Pakistan.
According to the current standings of Pool D, Pakistan’s goal difference is -1 whereas Malaysia’s goal difference is -6.
Pakistan have won five times (including a shootout), while Netherlands have won thrice and two games have ended in a draw.
Netherlands, currently ranked fourth in the world, thumped Malaysia 7-0 in their opening game while Pakistan, ranked 13, went down fighting 0-1 to Germany.
The men in green were held by Malaysia 1-1 in their next game, while Netherlands were beaten 4-1 by Germany.
Captain Mohammad Rizwan Senior has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a fractured finger. He will be replaced by Arslan Qadir.
Ammad Butt who had been given a one-match ban suspension before the game against Malaysia will be taking the field against Netherlands today.
Butt’s suspension was overturned on Saturday.