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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup India vs Canada: India Demolishes Canada 7-3

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India stepped closer towards securing a place in the final of the 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a 7-3 win over Canada on Wednesday.

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Mandeep Singh was the hero of the afternoon for the Men in Blue, hitting a sublime hat-trick against the dismal Canadians. Varun Kumar, Nilkantha Sharma, and Vivek Prasad were also on the scoresheet as well in the easy win.

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This was another statement of power by the Indian hockey team following an authoritative 4-2 win over hosts Malaysia on Tuesday.

The Game

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India swiftly put forward their attacking foot and almost scored through Shilanand Lakra and Simranjeet Singh.

Their persistent attack paid off in the 12th minute when drag-flicker Varun Kumar scored through India’s first penalty corner to make it 1-0.

The Manpreet Singh-led team continued to put bodies forward and pressurize the Canadian defence in the second quarter as well. In the 20th minute, Sumit Kumar put a brilliant through ball to release Mandeep Singh. The latter finished the move with a sublime finish past the Canadian keeper to make the score 2-0.

Canada rarely made an enterprise in the attacking third with the North Americans kept busy by the Indian strikers launching a wave of attacks. In fact, goalkeeper Antoni Kindler seldom had a moment of relief.

However, after making a series of impressive, the Canadian keeper failed to deny Mandeep Singh in the 27th minute. The latter had latched onto a Kothajit Singh’s pass to score his second. The 24-year-old forward soon grabbed his hat-trick a couple of minutes later after playing a good one-two with Sumit Kumar. By the break, India was already leading the contest by a comfortable margin of 4-0.

Then in a rare occurrence in the 35th minute, Canada opened their account with Mark Pearson converting a penalty corner strike.

Two minutes later, Amit Rohidas chipped in another goal from a corner to make the score 5-1.

Although Canada did make a mini-comeback of sorts with goals from Fin Boothroyd (50′) and James Wallace (57′) making it 5-3 in the final quarter. However, it was probably too late as Vivek Sagar struck in the 56th-minute strike before Nilakanta Sharma scored a field goal in the 58th minute to ensure India won the match comfortably.

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Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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