FIH Hockey Men's Junior World Cup: India beats Poland, will face Belgium in quarter-finals

The Indian hockey team blew out the  FIH Hockey Men's Junior World Cup 2021 quarter-finals with an 8-2 victory over Poland.

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The Indian hockey team blew out the  FIH Hockey Men's Junior World Cup 2021 quarter-finals with an 8-2 victory over Poland in their final Pool B match at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

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With France drubbing Canada 11-1 earlier in the day to confirm the top spot in Pool B, India. The defending champions needed at least a draw against Poland to finish second and make the cut for the quarters.

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SanjaySudeep Chirmako and Araijeet Singh Hundal scored a brace each for India while Uttam Singh and Sharda Nand Tiwari netted one each.

After a shock defeat to France in their opening match, India bounced back in a brilliant 13-1 win over Canada. Furthermore ensured their title defence stayed alive with Saturday's result against Poland. They finished with six points from their three group matches.

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India started the game with positive intent and kept on threatening the Polish circle consistently. Polish goalkeeper Maciej Wieczorek made a good save to keep the reigning champions at bay but the resistance was breached in the fourth minute.

India started the game with positive intent and kept on threatening the Polish circle consistently. Polish goalkeeper Maciej Wieczorek made a good save to keep the reigning champions at bay but the resistance was breached in the fourth minute.

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Drag flicker Sanjay, India's vice-captain, converted a penalty corner to open the scoring. The goal was Sanjay's seventh of the tournament, after back-to-back hat-tricks in the first two matches.

Araijeet Singh Hundal got into the act four minutes later, converting another penalty corner to make the score 2-0. Jolted by the two early strikes, Poland tried to regroup. And even tested India custodian Prashant Chauhan with a set-piece towards the end of the first quarter. But the Indian was up to the task.

India will face Belgium, the Pool A toppers, in the quarter-finals on December 1. Incidentally, India beat the Belgian team to win the title in the last edition in 2016 held in Lucknow.

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