India men thrash Pakistan in Hockey World League
The Indian hockey team continued its domination of arch-rivals Pakistan, handing them a 6-1 thrashing in a 5th-8th place classification match of the Hero Hockey World League Semifinals here on Saturday.
London: The Indian hockey team continued its domination of arch-rivals Pakistan, handing them a 6-1 thrashing in a 5th-8th place classification match of the Hero Hockey World League Semifinals here on Saturday.
Goals by Ramandeep Singh (8’, 28’), Talwinder Singh (25’), Mandeep Singh (27’, 59’), and Harmanpreet Singh (36’) helped India decimate Pakistan and set up a clash with Canada in the 5th-6th place playoff.
The result dented Pakistan’s hopes of booking a berth to participate at the Hockey World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar next year.
India displayed good attack right from the start with their first real shot on goal coming as early as the opening minute when Ramandeep Singh set up one for an unmarked Akashdeep Singh in the circle.
But Akashdeep could not make a powerful connection to put the ball past Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali. Mandeep, meanwhile, helped India win their first Penalty Corner in the sixth minute but Harmanpreet Singh’s flick was defended well by Pakistan.
Soon after, India were seen putting pressure on Pakistan, interrupting their counter-attack cornering Pakistan player with a three-man defence. The strategy worked, with Pakistan losing the possession.
Satbir Singh, playing his 50th international match, was quick to spot Ramandeep in the circle who seized the opportunity for India to take a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute. India took their lead to a convincing 4-0 in the second quarter.
First it was Pardeep Mor who did well with a fierce pass to Talwinder Singh who simply had to angle his stick to beautifully deflect the ball into the post in the 25th minute.
It was Mandeep Singh who got the touch on the ball before it beat the keeper to take India’s lead to a healthy 3-0 in the 27th minute. India’s fourth goal came in the 28th minute when Sunil assisted Ramandeep from the far post.
It was a diving effort by Ramandeep that ensured he scored his second goal of the match.Harmanpreet Singh made use of the opportunity as he came up with an improvised drag-flick, to take India’s lead to a formidable 5-0.Pakistan found luck in the 41st minute when Ajaz Ahmad scored.