Bhubaneswar: India have four points after two matches and a win against Canada should ensure that they top group C and qualify directly for the quarterfinals.
India took the lead through Harmanpreet with a goal in the first quarter but then saw Canada play on the counter to deny any inroads. The slender margin between the two was wiped out in the third quarter when a turnover halfway into the pitch had India caught napping allowing Floris van Son to equalise.
Needing all to play for in the final quarter, India didn’t waste any time and regained the lead with vice captain Chinglensana. The goal seemed to open things up with Lalit Upadhyay scoring a brace and Manpreet banging the board as well.
The win means India finish top of Pool C – ahead of higher ranked Belgium who go into the crossover match. Earlier, Belgium had beaten South Africa 5-1 to put India under pressure to get a winning result to qualify for the last eight.