Indian tigers proved their dominance once again after starting their FIH series finals on a winning note. The Men in Blue outclassed the hapless Russian team with the incredible margin of 10-0 in the FIH opener on Thursday. All the talented players of Indian Men’s Hockey team put their best efforts in order to lead their squad at ‘Road to Olympics 2020’.
The journey of the wondrous triumph started with the opener of midfielder Nilakanta Sharma who found the net at the 13th minute of the game. This was later followed by fellow mate Simranjeet Singh who doubled the lead for India in the 19th minute. Without wasting another minute Indian defender Amit Rohidas fired another goal in the 20th minute which was followed by drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh at 32nd minute. Taking the scoreboard to 5-0 another Indian defender Varun Kumar set the goal on fire at 33rd minute. But this was not enough for India so star forward Gursahibjit Singh flicked another goal at 38th minute. The seventh goal came to India’s account after brilliant striker Akashdeep Singh netted the ball at 41st minute. Unstoppable blues then grabbed one more chance to goal at 45th minute with the help of mid-fielder Vivek Sagar Prasad. The unbreakable winning streak was then followed by Harmanpreet Singh who bagged a ninth goal for India at the 48th minute and with this, he also doubled his individual tally in the game.
The final match-sealing goal was shot by forward striker Akashdeep Singh who strikes the well-planned goal at 55th minute. As a result the home team won their very first match of FIH series with clinical 10-goal win over Russians. India will next battle with Poland in second pool encounter on Friday.
In the beginning of one-sided match, India’s forward line seemed to look a bit restless as they failed to convert the easy chances into the opening goal but finally, after 13 minutes of struggle in the first half, World No. 5 opened the scorecard with a spectacular opener. After which it became almost impossible for Russian squad to stop the blue tigers, as a result, they lost the game.
The head coach of Indian men’s hockey team said on his team’s great win, “I am happy with our performance today but we can do much better. We would have liked to score more goals in the first two quarters. A coach can never be satisfied”.
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