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India vs Pakistan, Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017 highlights: India crush Pakistan 7-1 to register 3rd straight win

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India vs Pakistan, Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017 highlights: India crush Pakistan 7-1 to register 3rd straight win

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June 18, 2017 - 20:22 (IST)

That was a convincing and commanding performance from India against Pakistan.

The Men in Blue next take on World No 4 Netherlands on Tuesday (20th June).

So, don't forget to join us. Same time. Same place. 

Until then, have a good night and goodbye.

June 18, 2017 - 20:05 (IST)

India now have 9 points from three wins with a match coming up day after against Holland. India have confirmed a quarter-final place in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

That's it from the Lee Valley Hockey Centre. India 7 Pakistan 1

June 18, 2017 - 20:01 (IST)

India have beaten Pakistan 7-1. In recent history, one of their biggest wins.

June 18, 2017 - 19:58 (IST)

India get their 7th goal through Akashdeep, his second of the match. Direct hit beats Pak goalkeeper. India lead 7-1.

June 18, 2017 - 19:57 (IST)

India can only blame themselves for Pakistan's goal. After a goal-line save by Surender Kumar and the ball released upfront, the defenders were still throwing off their face masks when the ball came back and was deflected in.

June 18, 2017 - 19:56 (IST)

Pakistan get their 1st goal in the match through Muhammad Umar Bhutta. It's 1-6.

June 18, 2017 - 19:54 (IST)

India content at keeping control. Fans in the stadium want more goals. But Pakistan get their 5th PC.

June 18, 2017 - 19:51 (IST)

Pakistan have changed their goalkeeper Amjad Ali and brought in Mazhar Abbas with 7 minutes left in the match. Ali brought off some good saves but wasn't covered by the Pak defence well.

June 18, 2017 - 19:49 (IST)

In fact, before Mor's goal bound effort, Akashdeep with a bit of the 60's and 70's skills put the ball on his stick and waltzed into the Pakistan striking circle. The reverse shot saved by the Pak goalkeeper.

 

India put up an impressive first-half display to dismantle Canada 3-0 for their second consecutive victory in the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Final Pool B in London on Saturday.

All of India's goals came from field play as they sent a warning to their Sunday's opponent Pakistan, who were blanked 0-6 by Canada on Friday.

India opened the game at break-neck speed and took just five minutes to break the deadlock when S.V. Sunil rolled the ball from the right only to see the ball moved in after hitting the far post.

India vs Pakistan Hockey World League SemiFinals 2017 highlights India crush Pakistan 71 to register 3rd straight win

India celebrate after scoring a goal against Canada in HWL Semi-Finals 2017. Photo courtesy: Facebook/@TheHockeyIndia

Canada found the going tough against the Indians. The 2014 Asian Games champions didn't allow the Canadians to play the long balls and deep aerial balls that they did with great effect against Pakistan as India pressed high and intercepted the long balls really well.

A successful deflection from Akashdeep Singh, who shrugged off goalkeeper David Carter, five minutes later gave India a 2-0 lead.

India further controlled the game and took a 3-0 lead as a soft turnover in the midfield allowed India to launch a fierce counter-attack in the 18th minute. Ramandeep Singh and Sardar Singh combined well to charge into the rival circle. Ramandeep passed to Sardar who held off a defender and the goalkeeper to slip the ball in.

Late in the second quarter, Canada got a chance to pull one back. Following a cross from the left, Foris Van Son, stationed in front of an almost empty Indian goal-post, trapped the ball but sent it wide, not providing any danger to Indian goalkeeper Akash Chikte.

With a 3-0 lead at half-time, India dropped their intensity but Canada didn't make the most of it. Canada, however, with a better structured midfield, managed to minimise the Indian forays into their circle.

India, though got their chances, three of them in the form of penalty corners in the third quarter. But the flicks from Harmanpreet Singh and Jasjit Kular were not powerful and accurate enough to beat custodian Carter.

The match never went out of India's grip and they continued to torment Canada. The Indian players had some good chances to score a few solo goals, especially for Mandeep Singh, to extend the domination.

India head coach Roelant Oltmans said: "In the first half, we played really well. In the second half we were a bit unlucky. We could have scored more but their goalkeeper did well to stop us."

India will meet arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday. Captain Manpreet Singh said that they will treat the game as any other. "It is an important game. We are not under pressure. We will treat the match as important as any other match," Manpreet said after the match against Canada.

With inputs from IANS

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