Riding on goals from SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, and Sardar Singh India registered an impressive 3-0 win over Canada at the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final. This was India's second successive win of the tournament. India next faces arch-rivals Pakistan in their next match on Sunday.
India came up with a clinical all-round performance to beat Canada 3-0 in their second match here at the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final on Saturday. Goals by SV Sunil (5'), Akashdeep Singh (10') and Sardar Singh (18') helped India register their second successive win in Pool B and top the table. Riding high on their strong opening match victory, India got off to a rollicking start displaying brilliant counter-attacking skills. The effort resulted in winning a penalty corner in the opening minute of the match. It was forward SV Sunil at the baseline who found the foot of Canadian defender but the chance went amiss with Harmanpreet Singh’s powerful flick going above the post. The forwards, however, were impeccable as they kept up the pace to find gaps in the Canadian circle. It was Sunil who found an early breakthrough in the 5th minute when he fired across from the baseline to put the ball in the post. The 1-0 lead was doubled in the 10th minute with Akashdeep Singh who timed his run perfectly to receive from Ramandeep Singh from the top of the circle to deflect the ball past Canadian keeper David Carter. India went into the first break with a solid 2-0 lead.India continued to put pressure on Canada with their third goal in the 18th minute to take a formidable 3-0 lead. It was Ramandeep Singh on the counter attack who accelerated towards the circle to push the ball towards Sardar Singh who had doubled up as a forward. The celebrated midfielder was effortless in nicking the ball into the post leaving no chance for Carter to save. Even as Canada struggled to find an opportunity to score, Indian defenders were up to the task to keep them at bay. The third quarter saw India keep up the tempo with an all-round performance. They were calm in their pursuit, rotating the ball with disciplined passes and good man-to-man marking that helped defend their score. Vikas Dahiya, who substituted Akash Chikte at the goalpost after