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Goalless Draw Virtually Kills Both Teams’ Medal Chances

July 27, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ Baljeet Singh’s goal off a deflection from a shot by Hapreet Singh with less than four minutes remaining was disallowed, resulting in a 0-0 draw between India and Pakistan Friday night that virtually killed the Olympic medal chances of both teams.

The draw left India with a 1-2-1 record and four points in Pool B, two less than group leader Spain, which was to play the United States later Friday.

Germany (2-1-1) was second with five points, followed by Argentina (2-0-2) and India. Pakistan fell to 1-1-2. Both India and Pakistan have only one game remaining and only the top two teams advance from each group to the semifinals. While India’s next opponent is Spain and Pakistan faces Argentina, Germany was to play the winless Americans in its final game on Sunday.

Germany beat Argentina 3-0 earlier Friday.

The reason for the disallowed goal was not immediately clear, but the pro-Indian crowd of 14,800 in Morris Brown Stadium whistled its derision.

The very vocal crowd cheered throughout the match between the two bitter rivals. ``Go Pak, Go Pak″ could be heard between chants of ``Zin da bad, zin da bad (Victory to India).″

Both sides had goals off penalty corners disallowed in the first half because the balls hit above the board.

Anil Alexander put the ball into the net in the 11th minute for India but about two ball-lengths high, and Mohammad Kaleem did the same for Pakistan about 15 minutes later.

The draw between the two was the second in as many games between India and Pakistan, who tied 2-2 in May across the street at Atlanta Clark University in an Olympic test tournament.

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