India enter Asian Cup knockout stage with 16-0 win over Indonesia, World Cup door closed in Pakistan | Hockey News

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JAKARTA: Rising to the occasion, the Indian men’s hockey team slammed six goals in the final quarter for a resounding 16-0 victory over Indonesia, a result that sent the defending champions into the knockout stage direct from the Asian Cup but closed the door to the World Cup in Pakistan here on Thursday.
India needed to win the Pool A contest by at least 15-0 to qualify and the team’s young players delivered under pressure.
India and Pakistan both finished with four points each in Pool A behind Japan, but the defending champions qualified for the Super 4 on a better goal difference (1).
Pakistan had lost 2-3 to Japan earlier in the day.

The result not only knocked Pakistan out of the tournament but also dashed their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup as only the top three teams here will receive tickets to the big event.
India, being the hosts, will be playing the World Cup later in the year and that is why Hockey India has decided to send young players to this tournament to get exposure.
Dipsan Tirkey (5 goals) and Sudev Belimagga (3 goals) shared eight goals between them, playing a key role in the team’s crucial win.
As it happened
Veteran SV Sunil, Pawan Rajbhar and Karthi Selvam each scored twice while Uttam Singh and Nilam Sanjeep Xess were the other scorers for India.
With chances stacked against them, India started on an attacking note and were first shy on goal in the seventh minute but Uttam Singh, who only had the keeper to beat, fended off Maninder Singh’s pass.
In the 10th minute, Rajbhar broke the chains with a powerful shot from the top of the circle.
Rajbhar doubled India’s lead a minute later with a rebound from the team’s first penalty corner.
With one minute into the first quarter, India extended their lead through Uttam, who was in the right place at the right time to head home.
India followed their attacking instincts and earned another 19th-minute penalty corner from which Sunil scored after recovering from a missed save.
A minute later, the Indians earned back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which was converted by Nilam Sanjeep Xess to make it 5-0.
In the 24th minute, Sunil deflected Karthi Selvam’s pass from the near post to make it 6-0.
After the switch ends, Uttam missed another chance by shooting from close range with only the Indonesian keeper to beat.
A few minutes later, India were awarded their seventh corner but Junius Rumaropen again made a double save.
In the 40th minute, Selvam tapped in after being placed by a brilliant Rajbhar, who dodged three to four Indonesian defenders with his stick and solid game.
India were granted three consecutive penalty corners and Dipsan scored on the last to keep the team’s hopes alive.
Dipsan scored his second penalty kick in the 42nd minute.
The Indians netted two more penalty corners but each time Dipsan faltered.
Belimagga then netted twice in the space of two minutes before Dipsan completed his hat trick by converting India’s 14th corner to make it 12-0.
The Indians got a handful of penalty corners afterwards, but the chances multiplied.
Tirkey then converted a 47th-minute penalty corner before Sudev rebounded from another set-piece, five minutes from the whistle.
Desperate for goals, the Indians attacked with numbers and their ploy paid off when Karthi Selvam scored from a field effort. Tirkey converted two more penalty corners in the last minute of the game to extend India’s stay in the tournament.



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