Because of no broadcast of the game between Pakistan and Turkmenistan today in 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers Group B, at MBJP Stadium in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, we have to rely on live text and score updates. Match kicked off at 1 PM PST (GMT+5).
Pakistan line-up: Muhammad Omer (GK); Faisal Iqbal, Zesh Rehman, Samar Ishaq (C), Muhammad Adil; Adnan Ahmed, Atif Bashir, Abdul Aziz (VC), Rizwan Asif; Muhammad Qasim, Arif Mehmood.
Turkmenistan took 1-0 lead after 7 minutes from a right wing cross. Score remains such at half time.
Pakistan missed 3 glorious chances to score because of poor finishing. Such a continued poor form up front puts the capabilities of our misfiring strikers into further questioning.
Turkmenistan score just a minute into second half. 2-0 up now. This will be a long long disappointing game for us (as always).
Akhtar Mohiuddin, George Kottan, and now Tariq Lutfi. All three seeing disappointing results as our AFC Challenge Cup qualification jinx continues. If Pakistan want to salvage anything yet, they must win their remaining two games against India (23 March) and Chinese Taipei (25 March).
Pakistan once again missing chances. Three more chances go begging in 2nd half, including a Zesh Rehman header come crashing off the cross bar! Just 15 minutes left in the game.
3-0 in 87th minute to Turkmenistan. Good bye Challenge Cup it seems!
Our Lahore staffer Gauhar Mahmood Azeem expressed his disappointment with team selection, citing the fact that Muhammad Adil – a central midfielder – was used as a left back putting him and his team in a severe disadvantage dealing with Turkmen wing play. Sometimes it seems certain players are played no matter what.