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Maria Khan of Pakistan Receives Praise for her ‘bend-it-like-Beckham’ game changing goal

For her stunning free-kick equalizer that gave Pakistan a 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia on Friday, Maria Khan, the captain of the national team, received a barrage of acclaim on Pakistani Twitter.

In the Women’s International Friendly Tournament on Thursday, Pakistan came in second place. The four-nation competition, which included Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritius, and Comoros, was held there. Saudi Arabia won the competition by going unbeaten, and following the draw, Pakistan, who finished in second place, was named the competition’s runner-up. Pakistan began the competition strong, defeating Comoros 1-0 on January 11, but then suffered a 2-1 loss to Comoros and a 1-1 tie on Thursday with Saudi Arabia.

Albandari Mubarak scored the game’s first goal in the 29th minute to give Saudi Arabia a 1-1 tie in Thursday’s contest. Pakistan was behind 1-0 at the end of the first half to Saudi Arabia. Khan outdid the Saudi goalkeeper, though, by netting a goal from a free kick that was taken from a great distance in the 65th minute of the second half. Several people praised Khan’s football talents and congratulated the Pakistani captain after the free kick video clip went popular on social media. Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister, praised Khan’s goal as “amazing” on Twitter while congratulating Saudi Arabia on winning the competition. In Pakistan, football and women’s sports are being promoted, he continued, and “we are working on a policy to do that.”

Khan’s “crazy” free kick that tied the game with Saudi Arabia was met with applause from the audience, according to Football Pakistan.

The goal was dubbed “amazing” by former Pakistani cricketer and broadcaster Urooj Mumtaz.

Khan also received appreciation from professional squash player Noorena Shams. On Twitter, she penned “Maria Jamila Khan for you!!!” and posted the free kick video as well.

She was referred to as the “new GOAT (greatest of all time) in women’s football by Babar Khan Niazi.

Rashid Latif, a former wicketkeeper and ex-captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, tweeted the video of Khan’s goal on Twitter as well.

On Friday afternoon, Khan and her colleagues returned to Pakistan. She is the niece of Jahangir Khan, possibly the best squash player ever to come out of Pakistan, and the granddaughter of squash hero Hashim Khan from the same country.

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