Monday, June 15, 2009


The Asian challenge in the Junior World Cup could well come to a premature end if Pakistan and South Korea lose their matches against New Zealand and Australia respectively.

Pakistan are still licking their wounds after the 6-1 humiliating defeat at the hands of the Aussies at Johor last night.

And they face a New Zealand team brimming with confidence. Having sent India packing, New Zealand could well add salt to the wounds of those from the Indian continent by dispatching Pakistan as well.

And Pakistan coach KM Junaid is well aware of that fact.

He was man enough to admit his side was totally outclassed by the Australians.

"They did a blunder in the first minute and conceded a goal," said Junaid.

"But my team made blunders throughout the match.

"The defeat is hard to swallow but I must give credit to the Australians as they played extremely well.

"Defeats like this at times happen and it will be a test of character for the team to bounce back and win against New Zealand."

Australia were not surprised with the win but the margin of the victory was not something they envisaged.

And coach Jason Duff was naturally optimistic his team will only improve.

"The Koreans are a tough nut to crack as they are physically strong," said Duff.

"Pakistan had exposed some areas that we need to work on and if we commit the same mistakes then we will be in trouble against Korea."

As for Germany, their 3-1 win over Argentina gave them the boost before taking on Spain at Johor today.

Another win for Germany and Holland, who play Argentina, will assure the two European giants a place in the semis and end Argentina's defence of the title.

Though it may be premature, it looks as if Germany, Holland and Australia have one foot in the last four with either New Zealand or Korea making up the fourth team.

And when the dust settles at the end of the day, the maybe's will become certainties.