Japan beat Pakistan in penalty shootout to lift Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The scoreline remained 2-2 in regular time

By Web Desk
May 11, 2024
Pakistan players dejected after losing the final. - Screengrab

Japan have defeated Pakistan in the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after claiming a 4-1 win on penalty shootout in Ipoh, Malaysia.

The final had to be decided on 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 comeback to level the score 2-2 after Pakistan scored two goals in the third quarter. Kazumasa Matsumoto produced 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 gained 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 on the second position with 11 points.


    RDN commented a month ago

    Congratulation team Pakistan with team efforts. We proud of you play good but unfortunately not win the cup. Ultimately your performance is out class. "May Allah Pak gave you more success" thanks RDN