BREDA: Pakistan faced their third defeat in Hockey Champions Trophy as Belgium won by 4-2 on Friday.
The red lions outclassed the green shirts with a 4-2 win. Aleem Bilal of Pakistan scored 2 goals for his team. For Belgium, Briels Thomas Keusters Amaury, van Aubel Florent and Charlier Cédric scored one goal each.
Earlier, Pakistan outclassed second-ranked Argentina by 4-1 on Thursday, bouncing back after three consecutive defeats against India, Australia and Netherlands.
Six teams are taking part in this year’s tournament, which is the last edition of the Champions Trophy. The tournament will be replaced by the Hockey Pro League (HPL) in 2019.
Apart from hosts the Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, India and Pakistan are taking part in the tournament from June 23 to July 1.
Pakistan have three Hockey Champions Trophy titles under their belt, along with finishing as runner-up seven times in the tournament’s history.
The match between Pakistan and Belgium started at 6pm on Friday.
M Rizwan Sr (captain), Imran Butt, Amjad Ali, M Irfan Sr, Mubashir Ali, Aleem Bilal, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Touseeq Arshad, Rashid Mahmood, Tasawar Abbas, Abu Bakar, M Irfan Jr, Arslan Qadir, Umar Bhutta, Shafqat Rasool, Ali Shan, Azfar Yaqoob and Aijaz Ahmed.