Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup: India hammer Poland, to face Belgium in quarterfinals | Hockey News

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India earned a snug 8-2 win in opposition to Poland of their final group sport of the Junior Hockey World Cup at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. And, as anticipated, they completed second in Group B and can tackle Belgium within the quarterfinals on Wednesday. It will likely be a replay of the 2016 Junior Hockey World Cup closing when India beat Belgium to win the title for the second time.
For India, Sanjay, Sudeep Chirmako and Araijeet Singh Hundal scored two targets every whereas Uttam Singh and Sharda Nand Tiwari sounded the board as soon as. As for Poland, Robert Pawlak and Wojciech Rutkowski scored the 2 targets.
Regardless of the straightforward win, there will probably be lots for coach Graham Reid to ponder on forward of their quarterfinal tie. First, India’s defence remained an enormous fear regardless of the scoreline.

Poland gained as many as seven penalty corners and had an equal variety of photographs on purpose. It’s a distinct matter that they couldn’t convert their probabilities however India seemed actually shaky within the fourth quarter when Poland scored each their targets.
Additionally, India lacked lots in self-discipline and had been proven as many as 5 playing cards – two inexperienced and three yellow – on Saturday. It would grow to be a fear for India once they face a top quality facet like Belgium.
Lastly, the harm sustained within the match by Maninder Singh will probably be an enormous explanation for concern for the Indian group. Maninder had been in nice type all through the match however simply as the primary quarter was coming to an finish, he pulled his proper hamstring and couldn’t proceed to play. It was so unhealthy that he needed to be stretchered off the filed.
The nice factor is that there are three days to go earlier than the quarterfinal tie. The opposite constructive is that India’s positioning has improved contained in the D however as Reid mentioned after the match, there’s all the time room for extra enchancment.

India took the lead as early as within the 4th minute after Sanjay scored from India’s first PC of the match. They didn’t have to attend too lengthy for his or her second as 4 minutes later Hundal transformed India’s third PC.
With the primary quarter coming to an finish, Poland did win a PC however Julian Blaszkiewicz’s shot was simply saved out by India goalkeeper Prashant Chauhan.
Because the second quarter started, India began urgent excessive and it was Sudeep who got here near sounding the board a few time earlier than lastly scoring the third from the sting of the D within the twenty fourth minute. India might have scored extra however Polish goalkeeper Maciej Wieczorek made some good saves to maintain the hosts at bay.
Within the third quarter, whilst Poland tried to seek out their footing, the Indians had been in no temper to ease the stress and Uttam made it 4-0 following an excellent run by Vivek Sagar Prasad down the left flank. Sharda then scored the fifth from India’s fifth penalty nook and Sudeep made it 6-0 with an excellent hit into the highest left nook.

Malyasia be part of Belgium in quarterfinals
Each Belgium and Malaysia booked their quarterfinal berths on Saturday after they gained their respective matches in Group A of the Junior Hockey World Cup at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Malaysia, who held Belgium of their final sport, earned a nail-biting 4-3 win in opposition to South Africa in an ill-tempered affair. Each time Malaysia took the lead, South Africa equalized. However the Wallace Tan-coached facet didn’t surrender and earned the win after Akhimullah Anuar scored the decisive purpose with 4 minutes remaining on the clock.
Belgium, in the meantime, beat Chile 3-0 later within the day. They missed a number of probabilities however they nonetheless acquired the job accomplished as Chile completed the group stage with three losses from as many matches.
With the win Belgium earned seven factors, just like that of Malaysia, however completed on high due to a greater purpose distinction.
Earlier, Pakistan beat Egypt 3-1 in Group D. Since that they had misplaced to Germany of their first sport, whether or not they qualify for the quarters will solely be identified after their final match in opposition to Argentina on Sunday.
France additionally saved up their good present as they scored a dominating 11-1 victory in opposition to Canada. Captain Timothee Clement scored his second hattrick of the occasion as they completed on high of Group B having gained all their group matches.

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