Punjab, Manipur in senior men hockey quarterfinals
Press Trust of India PUNE: Punjab overwhelmed Delhi 9-2, while Manipur ousted Andhra Pradesh 4-2 in their respective league matches to enter the quarterfinals of the third Hockey India Senior Men National Championship in Pune on Thursday.
Former India forward Deepak Thakur slammed five goals (7th, 42nd, 60th, 61th, 65th minutes), while Vikramjit Singh scored thrice off penalty corners (24th, 27th, 64th) to help Punjab thrash Delhi and top Pool A, with four wins out of as many matches. In another game, Jharkhand scraped past Odisha 3-2 to top Pool E. Another win will guarantee a quarterfinal spot to Jharkhand, who still have a match in hand against Himachal Pradesh.
In another Pool E league match, Comptroller and Auditor General registered a 2-1 win over Himachal Pradesh.
In Pool C, Hockey Karnataka scored a 8- 1 win over Hockey Bihar, with Karnataka players converting four penalty corners into goals. Karnataka will take on Services Sports Control Board in a crucial match tomorrow to decide the quarterfinalists from the pool.
In a crucial Pool G match, Manipur overcame Andhra Pradesh 4-2 to make it to the last eight stage. Manipur ended their campaign by winning all their three matches in the league stage.