New Delhi: Indian men’s hockey team beat arch-rivals Pakistan 7-4 in a do-or-die match on Sunday and booked a semi-final berth in the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
At half-time, India were 4-2 ahead in what proved to be a decisive lead.
India needed to win the match against Pakistan to advance to the semi-finals. Though tied on points, Pakistan’s superior goal-difference meant that they would have advanced had the match ended in a draw.
India drew the first blood in the third minute of the game through a penalty corner, while the second one too didn’t take much time to come about, through another penalty corner.
Shivendra Singh then guided a canny little deflection through the Pakistani goalkeeper`s legs to take India 3-0 ahead. And before the spectators at the packed Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here could blink, it was four nil.
However, Pakistan then launched a counter-attack and pulled two back, one through a penalty stroke, before the half-time.
However, within 10 minutes after the start of the second half India scored two more goals taking the lead to a comfortable 6-2 in an action-packed tie.
The match ended with a 7-4 scoreline, with Pakistan scoring two more goals and India managing to put one in Pakistan’s net.