After Spain, now India will come with the goal of defeating England

After Spain, now India will come with the intention of defeating England

Rourkela, 15th January. Having started their campaign on a good note with a dominant win over Spain, India will take on England in their second pool match of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup here on Sunday and will be full of confidence to rise to the occasion. In the opening game of Pool D at the New Birsa Munda Stadium on Friday, it was an exciting performance to beat Spain 2-0, but England will be equally challenging. In the first two quarters, India played excellent attacking hockey and local player Amit Rohidas took the lead. A penalty corner and then Hardik Singh doubled it. Captain Harmanpreet Singh and vice-captain Rohidas again put in a solid defensive display that impressed head coach Graham Reid. England’s Harmanpreet & Co. will look to put up another strong defensive performance. England scored in all four quarters in the win against Wales. It was good to win the first game, Reid said. But the defensive effort was pleasing to watch and we kept possession. There are few people who cannot play well. This is essential to win the World Cup. We will look to continue this in the next game as well. Experienced PR Sreejesh and Krishna Bahadur Pathak also excelled in front of the Indian goal, but England goalkeeper Oliver Payne also wasted many efforts against Wales, especially in the last quarter. The only weakness of the Indians was the penalty. Harmanpreet, the team’s best player and top scorer in almost every tournament in recent years, failed to convert any of the five direct goals scored against Spain, but could not score from a penalty corner apart from missing penalty strokes. He admits it and wants to compensate for this performance against England. Failure to convert a penalty corner against England could cost India heavily. Indian players should also be careful not to show any cards to the referee as they had to play without Abhishek. A yellow card was shown for a foul in the last quarter against Spain. A win against England is important as it will take India one step closer to the quarter finals. The hosts will be aiming to maintain their dominance against Wales, who are at the bottom of their group. England, who are ranked fifth in the world, are one place above India, but the performances between the two teams have been good. It has been high in previous years, no difference, last year both teams played three games against each other. The match between these two ended in a 4-4 draw at the Commonwealth Games. The first leg of the FIH Pro League ended in a 3–3 draw, followed by India’s 4–3 victory in the second leg.

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