Australia hammered Pakistan 6-0 in a display of clinical finishing at the Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium today.
It was a huge margin of victory, eclipsed by the Aussies 7-0 win at the London Olympics last year.
“Though it is an impressive scoreline, our performance is still not up to mark and we need to do better,” said Australian coach Ric Charlesworth.
“The finishing was good I admit but we must not look into the result and say we are better then Pakistan as scorelines are at times close and they did not have some key players in defence and that makes a whole lot of difference.
“We are up against Malaysia next and they are an experienced side and I expect a close match. They have things going for them as they get to play matches at 8.00pm and the crowd is amazing as well.”
Australia took a 3-0 lead in the opening 17 minutes and that virtually snuffed the fight out of Pakistan.
Australia took the lead in the 8th minute through Daniel Mirecki who picked up a loose ball in the semi circle to smash it home with the Pakistan defenders caught flat footed, with keeper Imran Butt out of position.
And in the very next minute Matt Ghodes placed the ball into the corner of the Pakistani goal when all were expecting him to make a pass.
It was to get worse for Pakistan as they conceded a third in the 17th minute, this time Jacob Whetton ghosted in behind the defence to deflect a pass from Matt Ghodes into the roof of the net, as Imran looked on in despair.
A minute before the halftime hooter, Australia netted their fourth, with Whetton getting his stick onto a long ball out of defence to steer it past Imran.
At halftime Australia led 4-0.
Daniel Beale made it 5-0 in the 45th minute, getting the final touch from a penalty corner attempt by Nicholas Budgeon.
Pakistan were a beaten side and it showed as the players kept looking at the clock, hoping for an end to their misery.
Nicholas converted a penalty corner in the 61st minute to make it 6-0.
“Imran had a poor game in goal and it was the same in the first match. So we have to make changes against India nad the goalkeeper will be one of them,” said Pakistan coach Akhtar Rasool.
“No excuses as we lost to a better team and our defence was a let down as we gave them too much space and respect.”