Pakistan held 2008 Olympic silver medallists Spain to a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the mens Olympic hockey competition at the London Games after Australian captain Jamie Dwyers spurred the World champions to a runaway 6-0 win over South Africa.
Pakistan wasted several scoring chances after surviving sustained Spanish attacks in the first session and later in the second half saw a Spanish goal being negated after the umpire had blown the whistle and pointed to the centre. Spain had the rival goal under intense pressure in the Group A encounter when the Pakistan defenders were unable to clear the ball for 10 minutes.
Pakistan were unlucky that striker Mohammad Rizwan twice faltered after getting into goal-scoring positions and a rising drag flick from skipper Sohail Abbas got deflected out after hitting the cross-piece. Pakistan had finished last among seven nations in the Azlan Shah Cup two months ago.
After a goalless first session,Pakistan broke the deadlock when Rehan Butt slammed the ball into the board on a pass from Haseem Khan in the 46th minute,but Spain equalised within a minute as Pau Quemada found the target with a reverse hit that beat goalkeeper Imran Shah. A Spanish goal was overturned after video referral later on when Pakistan protested against a striker swinging the stick to slam a rising ball into the net.
Earlier,in another Group A match,Australias nippy striker Dwyer added another feather to his cap when the scored thrice as the World champions gave South Africa a drubbing.