Canada thrash Pakistan at Hockey World League semi-final

With this resounding win over arch- rivals Pakistan, India has now won three games on the trot.

India's final group stage match of the Hockey World League semi-finals is against Netherlands. Harmanpreet Singh, Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored two goals each, with the remaining one coming via the stick of Pardeep Mor.

The second game was more comfortable, with India, this time, locking the match up in the first two quarters.

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Pakistan had the first shot at the goal when they earned a penalty corner but the effort sailed over the bar. The Dutch went ahead through Robbert Kemperman's field goal at the end of the first quarter but did not add to their tally until six minutes after half time when penalty corner expert Mink van der Weerden netted. Minutes later Talwinder Singh doubled the lead. It was a great teamwork to score the goal.

Talwinder capitalised on the advantage as he scored two goals in the second quarter.

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Harjeet Singh wearing a black arm band during Pakistan match. Harmanpreet Singh enthralled the Indian fans, who had turned up in full strength with India's fourth goal in the 33rd minute. The hockey fraternity in India has always been vocal about the pride and respect it has for the Indian soldiers and always condemned such barbaric acts. He saved two penalty corners while India was leading 4-0.

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also took to social media to express his feelings over the crushing defeat of India at the hands of Pakistan.

"We played according to the plan and what the coach had told us".

The top four finishers in London will qualify for the eight nation Odisha Hockey World League Final in Bhubaneswar, India, although there is a small caveat to this. They were calm in their pursuit, rotating the ball with disciplined passes and good man-to-man marking that helped defend their score.

"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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