India Thrash Pakistan 7-1 in Hockey World League Semi-final

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2017

Coming off two straight wins and looking in good form, India were clinical in attack and strong in defence against a Pakistan side, who just can not seem to find any kind of momentum in this tournament.

Malaysia came roaring back into the game in the second quarter, with a Faizal Saari penalty stroke reducing the arrears ahead of a poacher's finish from Tengku Tajuddin who fired home a penalty corner rebound after an initial save from George Pinner to level the scores at 2-2.

Minutes later, India secured their third penalty corner and skipper Manpreet Singh's try from a variation was brilliantly kept away by Carter. Pakistan saved the blushes with a consolation goal in the 57th minute by Umar Bhutta Muhammad.

Harmanpreet's second goal, an unchallenged drag-flick three minutes after the half-time break, gave India a handsome 4-0 lead, putting the game beyond doubt. SV Sunil deflected the ball and Talwinder netted the ball in the final moments. Talvinder Singh then scored another goal in the 24th minute to make the lead by 3-0 by the end of first half. India now maintain their top spot in the group while Pakistan are still sixth with no points.

The tournament also serves as the qualifiers for the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup.

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"I thought Pakistan were the better team in the first quarter and they created more opportunities but after we scored the first goal we started to play according to our plan", said Oltmans after the match.

As the match progressed, India started to control the proceedings with Pakistan playing a catch-up game.

A clinical performance from India led them to an emphatic 7-1 win over a hapless Pakistan here on Sunday.

Both teams traded PCs in the second quarter with Pakistan winning a PC in the opening minute of the quarter while India earned a PC in the 18th minute but both teams could not convert the chance. India previously played The Netherlands at the 2016 Rio Olympics where they narrowly lost 1-2.

In the semi-final of the Hero Hockey World League, India thrashed Pakistan 7-1.

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

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