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FIH: India thrash Uzbekistan 10-0, reach semis

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

Favourites stormed into the semifinals of the FIH Series Finals hockey meet as they thrashed 10-0, here on Monday.

Akashdeep Singh netted a hat-trick (11th, 26th and 53rd minute), while Varun Kumar (4th, 22nd minute) and Mandeep Singh (30th, 60th minute) scored a brace each for the hosts.

(15th minute), Nilkanta Sharma (27th minute) and Gursahibjit Singh (45th minute) also sounded the board as the Indians had a field day.

finished atop Pool A with an all-win record and will play the winner of the cross-over match between and in the semifinals on Friday, while the USA, which topped Pool B, will take on the winners of the other cross-over game between and

If the scoreline was anything to go by, it was a lopsided affair from the get-go. After five penalty corners, took the lead in the final one with Varun convering it.

Akashdeep then got on the score-sheet as he found the net from a rebound in the 11th minute. Four minutes later, Rohidas converted a penalty corner to make the scoreline 3-0 in India's favour.

The story was no different in the second quarter as India netted four more goals to go into the breather with a 7-0 lead.

India dominated after the change of ends as well, but sounded the board only once in the third quarter when Gursahibjit guided the ball into the net in the 45th minute.

Aksshdeep completed his treble before Mandeep netted another in the dying minutes to round off the rout.

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 22:48 IST
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