LAHORE: Pakistan will face defending champions South Korea in a crunch semi-final the Asia Cup in Ipoh on Friday (today).
Pakistan, who lost to the rivals in the Hockey World League (HWL), will look for avenge of the defeat.
The greenshirts, ranked eighth in the world, have enjoyed an unbeaten run in the group stages, comprehensively defeating Japan (7-0), hosts Malaysia (4-1) and Chinese Taipei (13-0).
However, today’s last-four clash has been dubbed as the team’s biggest test. Pakistani fans back home will look at nothing less than a top finish on the podium this time with a World Cup qualification at stake for the continental champions from Asia.
South Korea, the highest ranked Asian side in global rankings at sixth position, have already qualified for the World Cup in the Netherlands. Pakistan, however, need the title to book their ticket for The Hague next year.
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First semi-final will be started at 14:35PST
Second semi-final will be started at 17:05PST