Sanjay’s hat-trick goes in vain as France stun title holders India 5-4 in Junior Hockey World Cup | Hockey News

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BHUBANESWAR: Vice-captain Sanjay scored a hat-trick nevertheless it was not sufficient as underdogs France shocked defending champions India 5-4 of their opening Pool B match of the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup right here on Wednesday.
Skipper Timothee Clement (1st, twenty third and thirty second minute) scored a hat-trick, whereas Benjamin Marque (seventh) and Corentin Sellier (forty eighth) had been the opposite objective scorers for world no. 26 France.
Sanjay (fifteenth, 57th, 58th) transformed three penalty corners for India whereas Uttam Singh (tenth) scored the opposite objective for the hosts within the shedding trigger.
France shocked India within the first minute of the match when a lazy defence of the hosts was caught off guard by Clement.
The courageous Frenchmen punched above their weight and continued to assault the Indian citadel, which resulted in a second objective by a filed strike from Marque.
Down 0-2, a shocked India responded again inside three minutes and pulled a objective again with a subject strike from Uttam.
Pumped up, the defending champions saved up the stress with a flurry of assaults however the French defence stood tall to thwart them.
India equalised on the stroke of the primary quarter by a penalty nook transformed by Sanjay.
Minutes into the second quarter, India earned their third penalty nook however Uttam Singh was approach off the goal.
France took the lead as soon as once more within the twenty third minute when skipper Clement scored from a penalty nook.
Pumped up, the Frenchmen continued to assault and earned a few penalty corners however the Indian defence stood tall.
Two minutes from half time, India secured their fourth penalty nook however the French goalkeeper produced a terrific save to disclaim the hosts who went into the breather trailing 2-3.
Two minutes into the third quarter, France prolonged their lead once they bought three successive penalty corners, the final of which was transformed by skipper Clement to take a 4-2 lead.
Within the thirty eighth minute, India secured one other penalty nook however wasted the chance.
Within the forty eighth minute, France made the scoreline 5-2 of their favour when Sellier scored from a subject effort.
Trailing by three targets, the Indians tried to show the script and within the course of attacked the France defence in numbers.
Sanjay scored two extra targets by two extra penalty corners within the 57th and 58th minutes to deliver down the scoreline to 4-5 however didn’t cease the Frenchmen from registering the primary upset of the event.

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