LONDON, June 18: A clinical India demolished a hapless Pakistan 7-1 to register their third consecutive victory and seal a place in the quarterfinals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final, here today.
Akashdeep Singh of India celebrates after scoring the fifth goal during the Hockey World League Semi Final match against Pakistan at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, on Sunday.
It was a complete performance by the Indians who dominated their arch-rivals throughout the match to post a facile win and zoom to the top of Pool B ahead of The Netherlands.
Dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh (13th minute, 33rd), Talwinder Singh (21st, 24th), Akashdeep Singh (47th, 59th) and Pradeep Mor (49th) scored for India at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, while Pakistan’s consolation goal came from the stick of Muhammad Umar Bhutta (57th).
The 7-1 win was also India’s biggest over Pakistan, bettering the 7-4 effort against arch-rivals in 2003 Champions Trophy and 2010 Commonwealth Games.
India are atop Pool B with three wins from as many games, just ahead of The Netherlands, who are placed second.
Pakistan, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the pool after losing all three matches they have played so far.
India will next play The Netherlands on Tuesday, while Pakistan will face Scotland tomorrow.
Contrary to the result, it was Pakistan who made a bright start but their domination lasted only for the first 10 minutes.
Pakistan had the first shot at goal when they earned a penalty corner but the effort sailed over the bar.
As the match progressed, India started to control the proceedings with Pakistan playing a catch-up game.
Harmanpreet gave India the lead in the 13th minute, converting a penalty corner with a low grounded flick. – PTI