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India hammer Pak 6-1 in HWL classification clash

By The Assam Tribune

LONDON, June 24: The Indian hockey team continued its domination of arch-foes Pakistan, handing them a 6-1 thrashing in a 5th-8th place classification match of the Hero Hockey World League Semifinals here today.

Goals by Ramandeep Singh (8, 28 min), Talwinder Singh (25 min), Mandeep Singh (27, 59 min), and Harmanpreet Singh (36 min) helped India decimate Pakistan and set up a clash with Canada in the 5th-6th pace playoff.

The result dented Pakistan�s hopes of booking a berth to participate at the Hockey World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar next year.

India displayed good attack right from the start with their first real shot on goal coming as early as the opening minute when Ramandeep Singh set up one for an unmarked Akashdeep Singh in the circle.

But Akashdeep could not make a powerful connection to put the ball past Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali.

Mandeep, meanwhile, helped India win their first Penalty Corner in the sixth minute but Harmanpreet Singh�s flick was defended well by Pakistan.

Soon after, India were seen putting pressure on Pakistan, interrupting their counter-attack cornering Pakistan player with a three-man defence. � PTI

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