Having beaten Pakistan 7-1 in the last game, India put another five past their arch rivals to put the former’s spot in next year’s World Cup in jeopardy. Ramandeep Singh (2), Akashdeep Singh, Pradeep Mor, Harmanpreet Singh, and Mandeep Singh all scored in the one-sided rout in London.
Ramandeep draws first blood
The first chance of the game fell for Akashdeep Singh who found some space in the Pakistan area but failed to keep his shot on target. A minute later, it was India again as, some good interplay between Sumit and SV Sunil saw the ball reach Mandeep Singh, who won a penalty corner off a Pakistani player. However, with a record of 4/15 in the tournament, it was another wasted chance for the Indian contingent. However, the men in blue were not to be denied as a couple of minutes later, Ramandeep Singh, who had scored a brace in the previous game against Pakistan, got his name on the scoresheet by tapping the ball past the line. Pakistan tried to launch a fightback in the dying minutes of the quarter, but India held on well to take a deserved 1-0 lead into the mini-break.
Three goals in as many minutes put India in the driving seat
The second quarter started off with Sardar Singh getting a green card and while the Indian legend was still in the sin-bin, Umair Sarfraz handed a yellow to reduce both teams to ten men. Pakistan immediately switched to a man-to-man marking system to see the first half near the final five minutes. But India
India keep their dominance intact
With a comfortable lead in the bag, India took off goalkeeper Akash Chikte to give Vikas Dahiya another chance in the team. On the other end of the field, it was as if nothing had changed as Ramandeep fell inches short of completing his hattrick after failing to get at the end of a Mor pass. But India
India put six past hapless Pakistan
Coming into the final quarter, India had scored 22 goals in the tournament, 12 of which had come against Pakistan. India, however,
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