GOLD COAST - Pakistan just needed a win to book a 5th place but all such expectations and hopes went otherwise when the green-shirt played another draw against Malaysia in the XXI Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games pool match played here at Hockey Club ground on Wednesday.

A win at least would have given 13th ranked Pakistan a 5th place, much better from that of 7th or 8th.

Pakistan and Malaysia were already out of semi-final contention at the hockey event. But there was something at stake when they came across in their last pool game.

The two sides ended equal on points. As per the Games rules, the side with more wins finished ahead. Pakistan drew all the four matches against Wales, India, England and now Malaysia while Malaysia had one win.

Malaysia dominated from start and a steal in Pakistan half, left goal keeper Imran Butt with no option but to rush out of the 23 meter to thwart the danger. It cost him yellow card. Replacement Mazhar Abbas was called to make two outstanding saves in his five minute appearance on the pitch.

Pakistan managed to settle down and looked certainly the better side during the rest of the first-half. In the ninth minute, after some delightful shot passes, a high ball reached Shafqat Rasool standing unmarked near the right post. The veteran first timed it into the cage.

In the second quarter, both the two sides got a couple of back to back penalty corners but to no avail. Dilber had the best open play opportunity. He had goal at his mercy but the try was poor. At the half-time Pakistan led the way with a 1-0.

Pakistan rushed out of the blocks after the change of the sides and had a penalty corner in the first minute but the variation did not click. After some back and forth play, Malaysia tested Imran Butt, who was well positioned to stop. In the 39th minute, Fitri Sari, after a magnificent dribbling run, sent a parallel reverse ball in the path of Ramadan Rosli from deep inside circle's left. The latter dived to complete a memorable goal. First minute of the fourth quarter saw Pakistan waste another penalty corner. Then Malaysia could not make out of two back to back penalty corners as well. With less than three minute left, Pakistani head coach Oltemans replaced the goal-keeper with an outfield player.

There was some high drama as Pakistan obtained two back to back penalty corners in the penultimate minute but the Malaysian net minder Hairi Abdul Rahman anticipated well each time and it ended 1-1. The move of head coach Oeltmans, at this occasion, was beyond understanding.  Pakistan will now play for the 7th and 8th position on Friday.

In the boxing event Pakistan’s hope shattered down when Syed M Asif lost in the quarter-final against Reecxe Mcfadden on points 5-0. There was a slid difference as Reecze Mcfadden of Scotland won all three rounds with 10-9, 10-9 and 10-9 points, finishing the overall points tally with 29-27.

In the Men’s 52kg weight category Awais Ali Khan of Pakistan will face Ato Plodzicki Faoagali of Samoa in the quarter-finals.