Preview: India put up a quality display to thrash arch-rivals Pakistan 6-1 in a fifth-eighth classification match of the Hockey World League Semi-Final here on Saturday.
Ramandeep Singh (8th and 28th minutes), Talwinder Singh (25th), Mandeep Singh (27th, 59th) and Harmanpreet Singh (36th) found the back of the net for India. For Pakistan, Ajaz Ahmad pulled one back in the 41st minute.
India's Ramandeep Singh celebrates after scoring a goal against Pakistan at HWL Semi-Final. Image Courtesy: Facebook/@TheHockeyIndia
India will take on Canada for the fifth-sixth position classification tie on Sunday. This was the second time in this tournament that India has outclassed Pakistan by a huge margin.
India had recorded their biggest win over Pakistan on June 18 when they thrashed their arch-rivals 7-1 in a pool match.
India had crashed out of the race for the podium after suffering a 2-3 loss to Malaysia in the quarter-finals on Thursday and the second thumping win over Pakistan in less than a week will help to ease some of that pain.
World No 1 Argentina take on Netherlands in the final of the tournament in what is expected to be a thrilling battle.
Olympic champions Argentina beat Malaysia 2-1 while Netherlands beat England 2-0 to progress to Sunday's final.
England also face Malaysia for a third-place finish on Sunday.
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: Jun 25, 2017 22:23 PM