India Vs Canada Hockey World Cup 2018 match highlights:
- India beat Canada 5-1 in their final Pool C match
- With the win, India booked their berth in the quarterfinals of the tournament by topping Pool C
- They piped Belgium to the first spot on a better goal difference of +9 compared to Belgium’s +5
The India Vs Canada Hockey World Cup 2018 group stage match saw the Indians script a famous win for themselves. Thrashing Canada 5-1, the Indians ensured that they topped Pool C and with it booked their direct berth in the quarter-finals of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup. Meanwhile, Belgium who won their final group stage game against South Africa will have to settle for a place in the cross-overs matches along with Canada after ending with the same points as India but falling behind them on goal difference.
India Vs Canada Hockey World Cup 2018 match
When they took on Canada in the Kalinga Stadium, the home side knew that nothing less than a win would do as they pushed to assure themselves of their place in the last 8. Despite Canada being much lower ranked than India, they had managed to defeat India last year and the Indians were aware that they couldn’t be complacent against a side that can grind out result on their day.
Walking through the deafening noise as the jam-packed stadium made their love known for the hosts, India made the most of the home conditions to start India Vs Canada hockey world cup 2018 match on the front foot. Carrying on as they have been the entire tournament, the Indian players played with attacking intent. Their hard work paid off and India came close to getting the lead in the opening minutes after a nice diagonal pass found Manpreet on the left. His centre was saved well by the Canadian goal-keeper to keep the scores at 0-0.
India’s electrifying start soon paid dividends for them with the hosts converting a well-worked penalty corner to take a 1-0 lead via Harmanpreet. They ended the quarter one on a high with a second looking well within the horizon.
The second quarter resumed in the same fashion for the home side with Canada looking like they were still in the dressing rooms. Switching off at the back on more than one occasions, Canada allowed far too much space for the Indians to work with which they exploited well. Akashdeep almost doubled India’s lead before the first half came to a close with Canada thanking their lucky stars for keeping the secure-line respectable at 1-0.
The third quarter saw the game completely turn on its head, with Canada finally giving a good account of themselves as India pushed back a gear. The hosts were shambolic the entire quarter, allowing Canada to find their footing and they soon delivered a sucker punch to India, equalizing through a brilliantly worked goal. An exquisite cross-field ball found Son who turned it in past Sreejesh to equalise.
With hopes of qualifying diminishing in the background, India came out all guns blazing in the final quarter, destroying Canada in 5 minutes of scintillating play. Using the long ball to peg Canada in their own half, India adopted an aerial and vertical strategy to make circle entries. Storming Canada’s castle, India scored two goals in quick succession to go 3-1 up early in the fourth quarter.
Two more goals in a quarter of mesmerizing hockey by India saw them burn past their opponents to ensure they ended their group stage sojourn as table toppers.