India remains undefeated, strikes Poland 10-0



A clinical show from India saw them defeat Poland 10-0 in the last match of the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey championship in Malaysia on Friday.

Manpreet Singh will take Korea to the final on Saturday.

Mandepe, the man of the fight, with his contribution to India's score, became the highest scorer in the tournament with a total of seven goals, while Barum Kumar got his personal match in five goals so far.

India controls the process with a structured game that runs their plans to perfection. The team won the match 2-0 early through Vivek Sagar Prasad in the first minute and Sumit Kumar's goal for the seventh minute, which helped well with the promotion of the Mandeep backhand pass in the circle.

In the second quarter, India saw India stepping up its attack as they made room in the impressive circle. An in-form Sumit Kumar won a penalty shot turned perfectly by drag-flicker Varun Kumar. The next minute he saw Surender Kumar get a goal from Amit Rohidas.

Although India had missed Shilanand Lakra's prospect on a green card in the 24th minute, the team created a goal and the repeat resulted in Varun Kumar making a direct and powerful move to take the lead of India into a strong 5 -0.

Simranjeet Singh then added to the lead when he was working with Mandeep after receiving a nice help from Nilakanta Sharma to put the ball in last Polish goalkeeper Mateusz Popiolkowski.

With a tremendous 6-0 lead in the half, India continued to dominate with their midfielders playing responsibly, changing the ball fast and hard to make room. In the 36th minute, a good pass from Sumit to Nilacanda helped him score. Although India managed only one goal in the third quarter, the team made a strong finish with a superior attack in the fourth quarter bringing the team three more goals.

The Polish goalkeeper, meanwhile, was impressive as he made some brilliant savings from the Gursahibjit Singh and Simranjeet shots at the beginning of the fourth quarter. A magnificent shot from the team of Amit Rohidas found the back of the team Popiolkowski.

The eighth and ninth goals of India came from skillful races by Mandeep. His first goal was scored by Michal Raciniewski and scored after a corner kick that was nicely executed by Gurinder Singh. The tenth goal of the team was scored after Surender Kumar won a penalty shoot-out with Amit to make a good conversion.