Pakistan men’s hockey team has failed to secure Olympics berth after a crushing 1-6 defeat to the Netherlands in their second FIH qualifier on Sunday in Amstelveen. After holding the Netherlands to a fighting 4-4 draw in the first qualifying match, the two-time Olympic gold medallists dished out a listless show with Rizwan Ali’s solitary strike in the fourth quarter coming in as a consolation. Also Read - Badminton: Saina Nehwal Confirms That She's 'Definitely in The Race' For Tokyo Olympics

The Dutch had already secured a big 4-0 lead at the half-time through goals from Mink van der Weerden (twice), Bjorn Kellerman and Mirco Pruijser. After the play recommenced, Terrance Pieters and Jip Janssen struck to make it 6-0 to all but seal their team’s passage for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Also Read - Judo is a Priority Sport For India: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

“It is a bad day, we have missed out on the Olympics. We couldn’t make it [happen] in the second game. The Dutch team defended very well in the game today and we didn’t start very well, we made a lot of mistakes. In the first half they took advantage of that. We couldn’t match their pace in the first half,” FIH quoted Pakistan’s Rashid Mehmood as saying. Also Read - We Have Identified a Few Areas That Need Fine-Tuning: Midfielder Nilakanta Sharma

Mink van der Weerden of Netherlands said, “I think the tempo we played today was a lot better, and I think that made the difference. Our tempo on the ball was a lot better, there was a lot more energy and that is a big difference. It means a lot [to qualify for the Olympics]. It is the event that we all play for. Winning really means a lot.”