Hockey World Cup: India’s aggressive debut, South Africa thrashed 5-0
India is on the campaign to end the 43-year drought by winning the World Cup title. In the first match, India performed brilliantly. India has made a strong start in the Hockey World Cup. On Wednesday, he scored South Africa 5-0 in their first match. Mandeep Singh (10th minute), Akashdeep (12th minute), Simranjeet (43rd and 46th minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (45th minute) scored goals from India for fifth place in World Rankings.
The 15-ranked ‘weak’ South African team could not even account for the goal in this match played at the Kalinga Stadium. India will now face Belgium in Pool-C on 2 December.
India is on the campaign to end the 43-year drought by winning the World Cup title. However, achieving this goal will not be easy for the team. Australia, Argentina, the Netherlands, Germany and Pakistan can be upset in the title of India.
The Indian hockey team did not disappoint the audience at the stunning stadium. The only Indian team to win the World Cup in the 1975, this time is being considered as the strong contenders of the title. Coach Harendra Singh’s team started off as expected, giving South Africa a chance to return to the full 60 minutes.
Coach Harendra Singh had said before the tournament that his players would be showing aggressive game and Manpreet Singh and company did the same. India got the first penalty corner in the seventh minute, after Harmanpreet Singh missed the target, Mandeep scored a goal on the rebound.
In the first quarter itself, India doubled its lead when Akashdeep scored the best field goal in the 12th minute. Even in the second quarter, the South African team failed to penetrate India’s defense. India got a penalty corner in the 19th minute, while the team lost another golden opportunity in the 27th minute.
After the break, India got a penalty corner in the 34th minute but drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh could not make the goal again. In the last two minutes of the third quarter, India made a strong lead with two goals. Simranjeet scored in the 43rd minute and two minutes later Lalit scored the goal.
Mandeep ran the right flank with the ball alone and gave Simranjeet a fine cross within the circle, who did not make any mistake in deflecting the ball within the goal. Two minutes later, Lalit scored the goal of Akashdeep, giving India a 4-0 lead.
In the last quarter India got a penalty corner in the very first minute. On this, Simranjeet scored a goal on the rebound by scoring South African goalkeeper Rasi Peters. South Africa got the only penalty corner of the match in the 42nd minute, which did not get the goal.
Belgium beat Canada in inaugural match
Olympic silver medalist Belgium defeated Canada 2-1 in the inaugural match of the Hockey World Cup on Wednesday. World number three team Belgium was considered to be defeating 11th ranked Canada in this mismatch match, but the team was not impressed with their performance.
Now the Belgian team will play India on December 2, while Canada will face South Africa. In the first two quarters, Belgium played hockey very fast, but could not retain the rhythm later.
Felix Denier scored the goal in the third minute for Belgium. In the 12th minute, Captain Thomas Brials scored the goal. Although it was declared invalid on the referral, because the ball was on his hands before going inside the goal.
Brials scored the second goal of the team in the 22nd minute on the departure of Arthur Van Doren. In the first two quarters, the Canadian opponent could not attack the goal, but after half time, he tried to return. Experienced Mark Pearson scored a penalty corner in the 48th minute.