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FIH Series Finals: India rout the Uzbeks to storm into semis

BHUBANESWAR: It was once the 40th minute. The Uzbekistan defence, for the umpteenth time, seemed sitting geese facing every other Indian attack. Akashdeep Singh turned around in from the left and spotted Sumit Kumar and Ramandeep Singh lurking a couple of ft from the a long way publish. He slapped the ball in, however none of his two pals had their basics in position -- to bend low in front of target with stick flat on the floor for a deflection.

An Indian win, or an Uzbek mauling, was once a no-brainer in the last pool recreation of the FIH Series Finals here on the Kalinga Stadium -- so was once the general scoreline. It ultimately reached 10-Zero when the technical desk pressed the hooter observing the general 2d tick through. But what sadly did not make stronger noticeably on Monda was once India's completing - both on box attempts and penalty corners (PC).

Out of the 12 PCs India earned off their numerous circle penetrations, just 4 went in. The 3000-odd spectators finally stopped counting India's assaults, whilst the entry of Uzbek forwards within India's 25-yard could be counted on numbers. It was once nearly a half-pitch recreation of 60 mins.

Indian goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Pathak, who took turns in the publish, had the best seat in the house as they had been requested little to do through the Uzbek forward-line.

Coach Graham Reid is best possible placed to answer what he has spotted in his short keep as far as the issue hurting India's completing, an previous tale that repeated as soon as once more to provide India the Monday blues.

"Of course, we always want more goals," stated Reid after the match. "But this stuff take time to get better...We are working with the strikers to get in higher positions...Part of this is technical, and that's what we do after we take a look at the video.

"I used to be pleased with a large number of motion that was once happening as of late, and what I'm also glad about is that we are creating opportunities and that is at all times essential."

For the report, Man-of-the-Match Akashdeep scored a hat-trick (11th, 26th and 53rd minute) whilst defender Varun transformed a PC and scored a box target for his brace in the 4th and 22nd minute, and Mandeep Singh did the same in 30th and 60th minute. Local guy Amit Rohidas (15th), Nilakanta Sharma (27th) and Gursahibjit Singh (45th) had been the others on the scoresheet for India.

The double-figure scoreline could have been fatter, however for the near-misses through Indian strikers -- all of who had chances so as to add to their goal-count however failed, every now and then miserably.

Ending Pool A on top with 3/3 wins and 23 objectives in all, India will now face both Poland or Japan in the semi-final.

But ahead of getting there, the Indian workforce and coach Reid has a large number of creases to straighten.


Pool A
1. India (Semi-finals)
2. Russia (Crossovers)
3. Poland (Crossovers)
4. Uzbekistan (playoff for Seventh-Eighth)

Pool B
1. USA (Semi-finals)
2. Japan (Crossovers)
3. South Africa (Crossovers)
4. Mexico (playoff for Seventh-Eighth)


Russia vs South Africa - 1700 IST

Japan vs Poland - 1900 IST


USA vs Russia or South Africa - 1700 IST

India vs Japan or Poland - 1900 IST

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