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Junior Hockey World Cup LIVE: India colts seal quarter-final berth with thumping 8-2 win over Poland, set to face Belgium

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Junior Hockey World Cup – India vs Poland LIVE: Sanjay Kumar, Araijeet Singh Hundal and Sudeep Chirmako scored a brace each as defending champions India trounced Poland 8-2 to qualify for the quarterfinals of the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup on Saturday. India will now face last edition’s runners-up Belgium in the quarterfinal on December 1. Follow all LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN

Junior Hockey World Cup LIVE: India colts seal quarter-final berth with thumping 8-2 win over Poland, set to face Belgium

After scoring hat-tricks in the first two games, vice-captain Sanjay (4th, 58th) continued his goal-scoring spree for India while Hundal (8th, 60th), who scored a hat-trick against Canada, too registered his name on the scoresheet. Chirmako (24th, 40th) also contributed to the team’s win while Uttam Singh (34th) and Shardanand Tiwari (38th) were the other goal scorers for the hosts in the Pool B game. Poland scored both their goals in the fourth and final quarter through Wojciech Rutkowski (50th) and Robert Pawlak (54th).

After a shock 4-5 defeat against France in their tournament opener, India thrashed Canada 13-1 in their second pool match to stay alive in the competition. Up against Poland in a must-win final pool match, the Indians started from where they left against Canada on Thursday and put pressure on the Polish goal from the onset.

Junior Hockey World Cup LIVE: India colts seal quarter-final berth with thumping 8-2 win over Poland, set to face Belgium
 
Their efforts bore fruit as early as in the fourth minute of the match when star drag-flicker Sanjay scored his seventh goal of the tournament, yet again from a penalty corner. The Indians stayed aggressive and four minutes later doubled their lead through another penalty corner, this time from the stick of Hundal.
 
Sudeep trippled India’s lead in the 24th minute through a fine field goal to go into the half time leading 3-0. Four minutes into the third quarter, Uttam extended India’s lead with another field strike before Tiwari converted a penalty corner in the 38th minute to make it 5-0 in India’s favour. Sudeep once again found himself in the thick of things, scoring another field goal in the 40th minute.

Junior Hockey World Cup LIVE: India colts seal quarter-final berth with thumping 8-2 win over Poland, set to face Belgium
 
Trailing 0-6, Poland came all out attacking in the final quarter. They earned a barrage of penalty corners and in the process found the net twice to reduce the margin. But India finished on a strong note when Sanjay and Hundal scored from field play to register an emphatic win for the hosts.
 
Meanwhile, Belgium topped Pool A ahead of Malaysia on goal difference after both finished on seven points each. In other matches of the day, Pakistan beat Egypt 3-1 in Pool D while France topped Pool A with an all-win record spanking Canada 11-1. Malaysia beat South Africa 4-3 to qualify for the quarterfinals as the second-best team from Pool A, while Belgium topped the pool after beating Chile 3-0.

Junior Hockey World Cup LIVE: India colts seal quarter-final berth with thumping 8-2 win over Poland, set to face Belgium
 

Q1: India lead 2-0 with goals from Sanjay and Araideep Singh Hundal

Q2: Sudeep adds another goal and India colts go 3-0 up against Poland at half-time. 

Q3: India colts look unstoppable, race to a 6-0 lead at the end of Q3. 

Q4: Poland wrestle back two goals but it is too late as India seal 8-2 win to qualify for the quarter-finals. 

Junior World Cup Hockey LIVE: Sanjay registers a hat-trick but defending champions India lose to France…

Which TV channels will broadcast FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2021?

There’s no live TV broadcast FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2021 group stages (November 24 to 30) in India. However, the knockout stages (December 1 to 5) will be telecast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD and Star Sports 3 – Follow all LIVE Updates with InsideSport.

Junior Hockey World Cup: Manpreet Singh gives ‘pep-talk’ as India takes on Poland for spot in Quarterfinals: Follow LIVE Updates

India vs Poland LIVE: Tournament favourites India were stunned by underdogs France 4-5 in their opening match of the premier junior tournament before the title holders bounced back in style to thrash Canada 13-1.

India will play Poland in their must-win last Pool B match here on Saturday to qualify for the quarterfinals.

“I just told them to believe in themselves and play as a team. They have a lot of fighting spirit. I just said to focus on their own game. We have been speaking continuously with them,” Manpreet said during a virtual media interaction on Saturday.

“I spoke to (skipper) Vivek (Sagar Prasad) after the first match and told him to lead from the front in the ground. I advised him to improve communication between the players which was lacking against France. Important is to enjoy win or loss as a team.” Manpreet’s deputy Harmanpreet also passed on his experience to the dragflickers and India’s backline after the France match.


“I have been talking to them about positioning and basics. The positioning of freeman is very important and I discussed that with the junior players in detail,” he said.

Haramanpreet said he also had an elaborate discussion with vice-captain of the junior team and dragflicker Sanjay Kumar, who scored two consecutive hat-tricks in the tournament so far.

“He (Sanjay) is doing very well. I just told him to stay focussed on the chances he gets. He plays as a freeman so I advised him about his positioning,” he said.

What is the full schedule of India matches for FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2021 group stages?

  • India lost to France 4-5
  • India beat Canada 13-1
  • India vs Poland (November 27)- 7:30 PM IST.

What is the full schedule of FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2021 knockout stages?

Quarterfinal 1 (December 1) – 10:30 AM IST;
Quarterfinal 2 (December 1) – 1:30 PM IST;
Quarterfinal 3 (December 1) – 4:30 PM IST;
Quarter-final 4 (December 1) – 7:30 PM IST.

Semifinal 1 (December 3) – 4:30 PM IST;
Semifinal 2 (December 3) – 7:30 PM IST.

Third-place playoff (December 5) – 4:30 PM IST.

Final (December 5) – 7:30 PM IST.

What is the full squad of India for FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2021?

1. Shardanand Tiwari 2. Prashant Chauhan (GK) 3. Sanjay (vc) 4. Sudeep Chirmako 5. Rahul Kumar Rajbhar 6. Maninder Singh 7. Pawan (GK) 8. Vishnukant Singh 9. Ankit Pal 10. Uttam Singh 11. Sunil Jojo 12. Manjeet 13. Rabichandra Singh  Moirangthem 14. Vivek Sagar Prasad (c) 15. Abhishek Lakra 16. Yashdeep Siwach 17. Gurmukh Singh 18. Araijeet Singh Hundal. 

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