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India outclass Pak, againAkashdeep Singh in action against Pakistan in the Hockey World League Semifinals classification match on Saturday. hi

India outclass Pak, again

HWL Semis: India hammer Pakistan 6-1; Argentina reach finals25 Jun 2017 | 1:25 AM

LONDON:The Indian hockey team continued its domination of Pakistan, handing them a 6-1 thrashing in a fifth-eighth place classification match of the Hockey World League Semifinals.

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London, June 24 

The Indian hockey team continued its domination of Pakistan, handing them a 6-1 thrashing in a fifth-eighth place classification match of the Hockey World League Semifinals.

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 fifth-sixth place playoff.

The result dented Pakistan’s hopes of qualifying for the 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 set up an unmarked Akashdeep in the circle. But Akashdeep could not make a powerful connection to beat Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali.

Mandeep, meanwhile, helped India win their first penalty corner in the sixth minute but Harmanpreet’s flick was defended well by Pakistan.

India then put pressure on Pakistan, cornering each Pakistan player with a three-man defence. The strategy worked, with Pakistan losing the possession. Satbir Singh was quick to spot Ramandeep in the circle who seized the opportunity for India to take a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

India took their lead to a convincing 4-0 in the second quarter. Pardeep Mor’s cross was deflected in by Talwinder at the near post.

Brilliantly assisted by SV Sunil with a one-touch pass, Akashdeep was exceptional with his run along the baseline to get past a defender. His parallel pass was blocked by the goalkeeper, but the ball took a lucky deflection to roll towards the goal, with Mandeep getting the final touch.

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 and take his tournament tally to six goals. Pressure mounted on Pakistan when India won their second penalty corner in the 36th minute. Harmanpreet’s low drag-flick beat the Pakistan keeper.

Pakistan finally found a breakthrough in the 41st minute when Ajaz Ahmad took advantage of a defensive error to put the ball past keeper Vikas Dahiya.

The final quarter saw Pakistan make some desperate attempts on goal but India did well to contain their opponents with a good defence. With less than six minutes for the final hooter, Talwinder swiftly dribbled into the striking circle and did well to find Ramandeep at the far post. But Pakistani defender Rizwan Jr. Muhammad was impeccable to deny Ramandeep his third goal of the match.

Mandeep managed to take India’s lead to 6-1 in the 59th minute, scoring the goal off a rebound. India won a penalty corner in the dying seconds of the match but Harmanpreet’s effort was defended well and India walked away with a comfortable 6-1 win.

Argentina to face Netherlands in final

World No. 1 Argentina did just enough to beat Malaysia and enter the final. Despite the 2-1 result, Argentina won with considerable ease. Though Argentina dominated possession and were solid in defence, the reigning Olympics champions were guilty of missing many chances. In the final, they will face the Netherlands, who beat England 2-0.— Agencies


Results

5th-8th place

Canada (Sarmento 14’, Tupper 22’, 45’, 52’, Pearson 33’, Van Son 35’, Pereira 37’) bt China (Wenhui 4’, Meng 19’, Wo 39’) 7-3

India (Ramandeep 8’, 28’, Talwinder 25’, Mandeep 27’, 59’, Harmanpreet 36’) bt Pakistan (Ahmad 41’) 6-1

Semifinal

Argentina (Vila 13’, Brunet 34’) bt Malaysia (Saari 38’) 2-1

Netherlands (Pruijser 45’, Kellerman 48’) bt England 2-0

Top scorers

  • Gonzalo Peillat (ARG) 12
  • Sam Ward (ENG) 7
  • Ramandeep (IND) 6
  • Akashdeep Singh (IND) 5
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