In­dia Thrash Pak­istan 5-1

The Economic Times - - Sports -

A dom­i­nant In­dia reg­is­tered their big­gest vic­tory over arch-ri­vals Pak­istan in six years when they coasted to a 5-1 win in a round-robin league match of the 25th Sul­tan Azlan Shah Cup, in Ipoh, Malaysia on Tues­day.

This was In­dia's big­gest win since their 7-4 tri­umph against Pak­istan in the 2010 Com­mon­wealth Games at New Delhi.

Play­ing their best game of the tour­na­ment, Man­preet Singh opened the scor­ing for In­dia in the fourth minute but Pak­istan equalised in the sev­enth through cap­tain Muham­mad Ir­fan.

But there­after it was all In­dia as the Sar­dar Singh-led side con­trolled the pro­ceed­ings with SV Su­nil scor­ing two op­por­tunis­tic field goals in the 10th and 41st min­utes.

Tal­winder Singh then cap­i­talised on a re­bound to score In­dia's fourth goal in the 50th minute be­fore Rupin­der Pal Singh con­verted a penalty cor­ner in the 54th minute.

In­dia's vic­tory would have been big­ger had Rupin­der con­verted a penalty stroke in the 55th minute and an de­flec­tion into the net by Ra­man­deep Singh in the 69th was not dis­al­lowed af­ter the um­pire ini­tially blew for a goal. The vic­tory took In­dia to the sec­ond spot in the round-robin league stand­ings with nine points from four out­ings. The ta­ble is be­ing led by world champions Aus­tralia on 12 points from four straight wins.

Aus­tralia took one step into the fi­nal when they pre­vailed 1-0 over Ocea­nia ri­vals and de­fend­ing champions New Zealand, who now have eight points from five matches.

T h e a l l - i mpor t a nt g o a l s for Aus­tralia was scored by cap­tain Jamie Dwyer, who cap­i­talised on a re­bound to shoot into the open goal with the goal­keeper at his mercy.

Later in the day In­dia lifted their game by leaps and bounds to dom­i­nate the match, forc­ing Pak­istan to crowd their ter­ri­tory in the sec­ond half to deny Sar­dar's men more goals.

The In­dian team re­joices af­ter scor­ing a goal

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