SINGAPORE - Pakistan junior team hammered former champions Argentina to claim fifth place in the 20-team 9th Junior World Cup Hockey here at the Seng Kang Sports and Recreation Centre Stadium. With this they also became the top ranked Asian hockey team followed by Korea at number seventh place. So Pakistan juniors have achieved the goal of becoming the top Asian team which the senior failed to achieve at this level. Pakistan team will arrive home today morning. The Pakistan junior greens were up quite well against the former champions Argentina in their classification but caved in on certain occasions in the first half to end up one-all at the end of the first half. Pakistan juniors began the game with complete control and like the previous matches, they took the lead with just nine minutes into the match. But they started to lose the grip on the ball with every minute passed. With every pass the Argentineans gained easy road to the Pakistan defence. But fortunate enough Pakistan goal keeper Imran Butt held his forte. He saved some sure advantages gained by Argentina forwards. Even he saved open house alone. But on a foul in the 16th minute that gave a penalty corner to the former champions, his (Imran's) support staff under the bars seemed perplexed and their laziness gave a soft goal to Argentina. Their forward Guido Barreiros Lopez just stopped the ball and after tapping it for three times banged it in and all the Pakistan defenders remained there confused. After that, the fight for a lead continued for the remaining period of the first half with majority of the time Argentineans staying in the games more focused. By the start of the second session when the ends changed Pakistan juniors came in more focused and played the entire game in the Argentinean half. Just ten minutes to the start of the second half, Shafqat Rasool, Pakistan captain sounded the board on a penalty corner and Pakistan were one goal ahead. That lead prompted a couple of attacks from the former champions but that were countered by Pakistan defence united with the midfield. Pakistan kept tightening its grip on the match with every move they made, keeping the ball in their control and when the game entered the 61st minute, Shafqat again made the Argentina defence look meek with a solid field move to get Pakistan its third goal. Then just two minutes later, another bright Pakistan player Abbas Haider sounded the board too hard that made things difficult for the former champion to come into the game. Pakistan captain Shafqat Rasool felt dejected even after getting the fifth place and claiming fifth spot. "Its very unfortunate to lose the match against New Zealand in the second round but today the boys played very well to get the fifth place in the tournament. "But I still believe we would have won the tournament but that was not our day when we lost to the Black Sticks and had to play for this game. It was not the team to lose against. We could have won a place to the podium easily," said Shafqat. Pakistan chief coach Kh Juniad in his post match press conference said that in the presence of some of the strong teams of the world, Pakistan's gaining of the fifth place in the 20-nation tournament was remarkable. "After losing the match against New Zealand, finishing fifth in the eight positions matches is the best place to get," said Junaid. "We did not make the semi-final but becoming fifth is still good. "And even this kind of tournament of the juniors, which was everyone refusing to hold, is good for the future of the game not only in Pakistan but in the hockey world," he said. "It's hats off for Malaysia and Singapore to hold the event in such a proficient I way," he added. Speaking on the occasion, Argentina coach Pablo said that the Pakistan team was better than his team that was why his team got the sixth place. "Before the tournament I was expecting the semi-finals but when we played different teams I realsied my team has to go a long way. Surely there are good teams out there and in the presence of such team getting this place is fine with us," he added.