New Delhi: India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1 in the Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017 to earn their third straight win in the tournament on Sunday.
With the win, India maintain their top spot in Group B (nine points from three wins) while Pakistan remain sixth with no points. This win has ensured India a quarter-final berth in the tournament though they still have to play Holland a day after. Earlier India had defeated Scotland 4-1 and Canada 3-0.
India took the lead thanks to a penalty goal from Harmanpreet Singh to go up 1-0. Minutes later Talwinder Singh doubled the lead. Talwinder scored once again six minutes later to give India a 3-0 lead at the end of the first half.
Harmanpreet scored a second goal to give India a 4-0 lead at the end of the third quarter while Akashdeep Singh struck to increase the lead to 5-0. Pardeep Mor made it 6-0. Umar Bhutta scored the first goal for Pakistan in the dying minutes but it was too late. Akashdeep struck in the dying minutes to seal India’s 7-1 win.