Win over Pakistan may bring Rio place
GREAT BRITAIN men will line up against Pakistan tomorrow in the quarter-finals of the World League in Antwerp after seeing off Malaysia 3-1 in their final pool match. Bobby Crutchley’s charges finished their pool campaign unbeaten in second spot behind hosts Belgium while Pakistan were third in their group competition.
The quarter-final stage is key to Olympic qualification and victory would see GB in the semi-finals and in line for one of the three automatic places for Rio. Even a fourth-place finish in Antwerp would almost certainly get the ticket to Rio, with continental champions who already have Olympic qualification freeing up a couple of additional places.
GB were one down to Malaysia at the interval, but David Condon levelled with a rebound at penalty corner. Two goals in as many minutes put GB into the lead – Ashley Jackson’s shot was deflected into the net for 2-1, then Sam Ward turned and fired home.