LAHORE, Pakistan: West Germany won the Champions’ Trophy Hockey Tournament for the third successive time on Friday, thanks to the number of goals they scored in the weeklong event.
West Germany snatched the trophy from Pakistan, who had lead the standings going into the final day but managed only a 11 draw against world champions Australia in their closing game.
The West Germans, who beat Britain 31 on Friday, finished level with Olympic champions Pakistan on points and goal difference but earned the trophy because they had scored two more goals than the home side —a total of 11.
Pakistan’s young team had to be content with the silver medal while Australia, two points behind finished third, just ahead of the Soviet Union.
West Germany’s hero was late substitute Michael Hilgers, who came on when Captain Heiner Dopp was injured with the teams at 1-1.
Hilgers scored twice within 10 minutes. First deflecting a shot down Stefan Blocher and then collecting a long pass from Carsten Fischer.
Britain had outplayed the West Germans for three quarters of the match but scored only in the 51st minute when Captain Richard Dodd’s put them ahead from a penalty corner.
The goal goaded West Germany into greater action and within one minute Fischer had equalized, again from a penalty corner.
Pakistan pleased a 20,000 crowd when they took the lead against Australia in the 22nd minute, with a goal against the run of play by Mohammad Irfan.
WEST BERLIN: An opportunist goal from reserve striker Hans Eskilsson put Sweden on the road to an upset 20 victory over the Soviet Union in the final of the West Berlin four nation soccer tournaments on Saturday.
Eskilsson, only in the team because Johnny Ekstrom was injured in Thursday’s victory over hosts West Germany, struck in the 52nd minute when he beat the Soviet defense to a low cross from Hans Holmquist and deflected it inside the near post,
CALCUTTA: Taiwan’s Lu ChienSoon looked poised to win the 100,000 dollar Indian Open golf championship when he shot to an eight stroke lead after the third round on Saturday
SYDNEY: Australian cricket selectors on Thursday announced a squad of 15 to tour Pakistan in September for a series of tests and one day matches.
The squad chosen, while structured around a core of established test players, raised a few eye brows within cricketing circles with the selection of several young and relatively unknown players.
In a major surprise, New South Wales Captain and test wicketkeeper Greg Dyer has been dropped by the selectors and replaced by unknown Queenslander Ian Healy.
Equally surprising was the recall of forgotten test Opening batsman and Western Australia’s Captain Graeme Wood.
Article extracted from this publication >> April 8, 1988