HWL Semi Final: India beats Canada 3-0

Although it had given a strong account of itself with a 6-0 win over Pakistan in the last match, 11th ranked Canada came a cropper against India in its Pool B encounter.

India’s SV Sunil scored the opening goal of the match.


India continued its winning run in the Hockey World League semifinals with a 3-0 win over Canada today. It was SV Sunil who got 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. Soon after the break, Sardar Singh found the back of the net, helping India to an eventually unassailable lead of 3-0.

"We played well in first two quarter but were a bit unlucky to convert chances in the third and fourth quarter, credit must go to the Canadian goalkeeper for coming up with good saves.  Overall I am pleased with the performance," expressed Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans post the match.

With Saturday’s win, India has moved to the top of Pool B with two wins from as many games. Manpreet Singh’s men will now lock horns with arch-rival Pakistan on Sunday. "We want to give our best against Pakistan. Cricket also playing Champions Trophy final and we are confident that India will win in Cricket as well as in Hockey," the skipper said.