NBP, HBL earn massive wins
LAHORE: National Bank of Pakistan and Habib Bank Limited put up brilliant striking power and outclassed Punjab's local club with identical scoreline of 4-1.
The NBP gave no room to Young Blood at CDGK Stadium,Karachi with Muhammad Ashfaq completing a hat-trick while HBL slammed twice in both halves to thrash PMC Athletico Faisalabad 4-1 at Peoples Sports Complex, Karachi, said the information made available here.
NBP-Blood tie was endto-end stuff and after Asim Mansoor saw his volley deflected for a Blood corner. NBP hit back and Muhammad Ahfaq hit an 9th minute angled drive which keeper smothered well but ball rolled over the line. Back came the NBP again and Adam Hameed hammered a shot just over the bar following good work by Ata Ullah and Muhammad Ashraf.
Ashfaq hit his second when he did some excellent work to the left on the goal in the 18th minute, took a return pass from Abdul Aziz and headed it into the bottom left of the net.
Ashfaq completed hattrick in the 45th minute. Farooq Shah executed some fantastic work to the left of the goal before feeding to Ashfaq, received the ball back, beat the Blood keeper with some skillful footwork and drilled it in the net. Ashfaq's three-goal blitz was 15th hat-trick of the event.
Left full Mehmood Khan enhanced the lead to 4-0 with a fine move and finish. Ashraf whipped over a low cross from the right and, quick as a flash, former international from Chaman swivelled to fire the ball low past keeper.All in all, it was a truly entertaining, eventful and positive game, with all areas of the team greatly improving. -PB News