India outclass hapless Poland


Finishing with seven points from three matches, India now await the result of the Belgium-South Africa match to know if they finish on top the group.
The Pool A toppers will take on Malaysia in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Belgium and India both had four points each before the last round of group matches, but Belgium enjoyed a one-goal edge in goal difference to lead the pool standings ahead of Tuesday’s games.

India enjoyed complete domination against Poland, who have lost all their three preliminary league matches with huge margins.

Walmiki opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he deflected Manjeet Kulu’s long diagonal shot past the goalkeeper.

Shivendra Singh then capitalised on a Danish Mujtaba pass for India’s second goal in the 23rd minute.

At the other end, Poland were unlucky not to have scored two minutes later when Tomasz Gorny’s firm shot hit the post after beating the goalkeeper.

Walmiki’s opportunistic 33rd-minute strike produced India’s thrid goal. Manpreet Singh capitalised on SV Sunil’s pass in the 44th minute to continue the scoring spree in the second session.

Birender Lakra slammed in a reverse drive in the 53rd minute before Khandkar scored a brace in the 55th and 70th minutes.

Ibarra, Mazzilli score
Pedro Ibarra and Agustin Alejandro Mazzilli scored two goals as Pan-American champions Argentina bounced back from a half-time deficit to outplay Malaysia 5-2 and top Pool B. Argentina finished with seven points through two wins and a draw. Japan pulled off a surprise 2-1 victory over Canada to take the second spot in the four-team group, with five points from a victory and two draws.
Canada had three points from the win over Malaysia, who just secured a single point from the draw against Japan.

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