India rout Pakistan to enter quarters

India rout Pakistan to enter quarters

India rout Pakistan to enter quarters

Continuing with their impressive run, India blanked Canada 3-0 to register their second consecutive win at the Hockey World League Semi-Final here today.

In the absence of key players like Rupinderpal Singh, India's young backline, led by Harmanpreet Singh, has displayed gritty performances and conceded just two goals. Harmanpreet Singh enthralled the Indian fans who had turned up in full strength with India's fourth goal in the 33rd minute. Pakistan pulled one back late in the match with a 57th minute strike from Muhammad Umar Bhutta.

Secretary General of Hockey India Mohd Mustaque Ahmad stated,"The players of the Indian Hockey team has always been in support of the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation". SV Sunil deflected the ball and Talwinder netted the ball in the final moments. Following their third win in as many games India moved to the top of the table with nine points.

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There was plenty of power in the next goal as well, with Pardeep Mor scorching one from a tight angle to make it six of the best for India. The Hockey World League 2017 Semifinal will also act as the World Cup qualifier. But the hockey team entered the field with a great sense of objective.

The 7-1 win was also India's biggest over Pakistan, bettering the 7-4 effort against arch-rivals in 2003 Champions Trophy and 2010 Commonwealth Games. Pakistan need to defeat Scotland in the last pool match to qualify for the quarter-finals. India has now moved ahead by 4-0.

India previously played The Netherlands at the Rio Olympics where they narrowly lost to the Dutch 1-2. Talwinder first got a touch on Ramandeep's goal-bound shot in the 21st minute and his opportunism then produced a shoulder-high deflection on Akashdeep's diagonal ball into the circle in the 24th minute.

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Match Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis centre - London (England).

India secured another penalty corner four minutes into the second quarter but Harmanpreet's flick was saved by Amjad Ali in front of Pakistan goal. India will next play The Netherlands on Tuesday, while Pakistan will face Scotland on Monday.

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