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India vs Wales, Hockey World Cup 2023: India failed to directly qualify for the quarterfinals | To play NZ in crossover

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FIH Hockey World Cup 2023: India overcome spirited Wales to win the match 4-2 in their third game of the tournament at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela. Despite winning the match, India has not qualified for the quarterfinals yet as they have to play against New Zealand in a crossover to qualify for the quarterfinals.

  • India started strong

Shamsher Singh scored the first goal for India when Harmanpreet Singh took the drag flick and was intercepted by Shamsher to give India an early lead in the match. India counterattacked during the penalty corner of Wales as Akashdeep scored a goal into the bottom right corner in the 32nd minute.  

  • Classic Welsh comeback

India was comfortably leading 2-0 in the second half. But Wales fought back hard in the third half to level the scores. Wales converted 2 penalty corners into goals (42′, 44′) within 2 minutes to stun the crowd at the Kalinga Stadium. Gareth Furlong and Jacob Draper scored the two goals to equalize. 

  • India survives Welsh scare
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India restored the lead immediately in the 45th minute as Akashdeep scored his second goal in the match. Captain Harmanpreet scored the final goal of the match to take India to a victory by a margin of 4-2 in the final minute of the match.  

England topped Pool D with a goal difference of 9. England directly qualified for the quarterfinals whereas the hosts will meet New Zealand in a crossover match on Sunday at 7 PM. 

Hockey World Cup 2023: Points Table

  • Pool D
PosTeamPLDWonLostDrawGFGAGDPts
1
England
32019097
2
India
32016247
3
Spain
312057-23
4
Wales
3030314-110

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