Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Oltmans demands more aggression against Canada, Pakistan in HWL Semi Final

Oltmans demands more aggression against Canada, Pakistan in HWL Semi Final

Indian hockey team brought up yet another victory in the Hockey World League semifinals after defeating arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1.

India scored three field goals through S V Sunil (5th minute), Akashdeep Singh (10th) and Sardaer Singh (18th) to pocket full three points from the Pool B game at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre.

"I thought Pakistan were the better team in the first quarter and they created more opportunities but after we scored the first goal we started to play according to our plan", said Oltmans after the match.

India continued to play like Champions in the third quarter giving no room for Pakistan to comeback into the game.

In the absence of key players like Rupinderpal Singh, India's young backline, led by Harmanpreet Singh, has displayed gritty performances and conceded just two goals. Nonetheless, both teams will be out there wearing the national jersey and hopefully the Indian boys will win the double over Pakistan in England and give the fans back home a reason to smile.

The second quarter saw Talwinder score twice within three minutes to end Pakistan's hopes.

India will play The Netherlands in their last Pool B match on June 20 at 18.30 hours IST.

In between Pakistan had their share of chances but they failed to get past an alert Akash Chikte in front of Indian goal. This was the second goal in Harmanpreet's tournament. Within a minute, Akashdeep had restored India's six-goal supremacy. Harmanpreet Singh went for a push to the top corner, didn't get it right, but somehow the ball rolled low and crept below the Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali. The lone goal for Pakistan came through Umar Bhutta three minutes from the hooter when the contest was already lost.

Another deflection from Talwinder, this time a much better one, directed into goal when the ball was in the air, made it 3-0. Even with four penalty corners, the Indian team took control of the opponents soon in the game.

"The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation".

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