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Tajikistan Show No Mercy to Pakistan in 6-1 Thrashing

Pakistan’s dismal performance in the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers continued as they were thrashed 6-1 by Tajikistan at the Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad, on Tuesday.

The visitors took an early lead in the fourth minute when Kamolov’s shot from outside the box took a slight deflection off Abdullah Iqbal and beat Yousuf Butt in the Pakistan goal. Five minutes later, Soirov doubled the advantage for Tajikistan with another long-range strike that left Butt helpless.

Pakistan tried to respond and got a lifeline in the 21st minute when Rahis Nabi scored a stunning goal with his left foot from 25 yards out. The home crowd erupted in joy and hoped for a comeback from their team.

However, their hopes were dashed as Tajikistan restored their two-goal cushion in the 26th minute with a third goal from the edge of the area. This time, it was Dzhalilov who found the top corner with a curling effort.

Pakistan’s defence looked shaky and disorganized as they failed to cope with Tajikistan’s pace and movement. The visitors added a fourth goal just before the half-time whistle when Fatkhulloev headed in a cross from the right flank.

The second half was no different as Tajikistan continued to dominate the possession and create chances. Pakistan’s midfield was nonexistent and their attack was isolated. The home side had no answer to Tajikistan’s superior quality and intensity.

In the 65th minute, Tajikistan scored their fifth goal of the game with another header, this time from Tursunov who nodded in a corner from the left. Pakistan’s misery was complete when Tajikistan scored their sixth goal in the 89th minute with a low shot from Boboev that went through Butt’s legs.

The final whistle brought an end to a humiliating defeat for Pakistan, who have now conceded 10 goals in two matches in the second round of the qualifiers. They are bottom of Group B with zero points and a minus nine goal difference.

Tajikistan, on the other hand, are top of the group with six points and a plus nine goal difference. They have scored 11 goals and conceded only two in their two games so far.

Pakistan’s next match is against Jordan, while Tajikistan will face Saudi Arabia on June 6, 2024. Pakistan will need a miracle to revive their World Cup hopes, while Tajikistan will look to maintain their impressive form and secure their place in the next round.

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