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India maintain unbeaten run, beat Canada 3-0 in HWL Semi-Final

Press Trust of India  |  London 

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

scored three field goals through S V Sunil (5th minute), Akashdeep Singh (10th) and Sardaer Singh (18th) to pocket full three points from the Pool B game at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre.


The win virtually secured India's place in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

had earlier defeated 4-1 in their opening encounter on Thursday.

The sixth ranked Indians will play arch-rivals in their next pool match tomorrow.

meant business from the onset and secured their first penalty corner as early as in the opening minute of the game, but Harmanpreet Singh's effort sailed over the goal.

Two minutes later, India's last match hero Ramandeep Singh's shot from the top of the circle was saved by David Carter in front of the Canadian goal.

India's persistent attacks resulted in the first goal in the fifth minute when Sunil scored from a narrowest of angles after his initial shot was saved by Carter.

doubled their lead five minutes later through Akashdeep who neatly deflected in a Ramandeep pass.

continued in the same vein in the second quarter and increased their lead in the 18th minute through Sardar who pushed home from a Ramandeep pass.

earned their second penalty corner in the 25th minute but Jasjeet Singh Khular's try went wide of the target as Roelant Oltmans' men went into the breather with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Three minutes into the second half, earned a penalty corner but goalkeeper Akash Chikte made three saves in quick succession, first denying Keegan Pereira twice and then palming away Scott Tupper's shot.

Minutes later, secured their third penalty corner and skipper Manpreet Singh's try from a variation was brilliantly kept away by Carter.

The Indians continued to press hard and garnered two more penalty corners but failed to capitalise on the chances yet again.

won the game today, but coach Oltmans would be worrying about his team's poor conversion rate from penalty corners.

Meanwhile, in the first match of the day, China defeated Korea 5-2 in Pool A.

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First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 20:42 IST
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