After three years of complete isolation from the world of international football, the Pakistan football team finally went on to play in the Asian Games in Bekasi, Indonesia on Sunday.

The Pakistan team also recorded their first victory in the Asian games after nearly 44 years as they defeated Nepal 2-1 in their last group D match. The victory did not come easy though as the national team dug themselves a hole difficult to get out of, scoring an own-goal in the 12th minute, because of a mistake by Shahbaz Younus.

The team did make up for that mistake and eventually conjured up a hard-fought victory as Muhammad Bial scored in the 54th minute and then captain Saddam Hussain sealed the win after scoring a penalty in the 72nd minute.

The win brought hope for the country to progress to the knock-out round. However, it is extremely unlikely that the team would qualitfy as Paksitan has the worst goal difference in the group, -6, as they were thrashed 3-0 by Vietnam in their first match and then lost 4-0 against Japan on Thursday.

Pakistan has only ever won three matches at the Asain Games football event now, the other two being in 1954 and 1974. The rules of fielding the teams at the Asian Games had changed in 2002, as the participating nations can field only three seniors players now, and the rest of the squad should be U23.