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Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs Canada, Highlights: As it Happened

Get live score and updates of the Hockey World Cup 2018 Pool C match between India and Canada at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar here.

News18 Sports | December 08, 2018, 20:30 IST
Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs Canada, Highlights: As it Happened

Get live score and updates of the Hockey World Cup 2018 Pool C match between India and Canada at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar here.

Preview: Their campaign off to a smooth start, hosts India would look to seal a direct quarterfinal berth with a win against Canada in their final Pool C match of the men’s hockey World Cup here on Saturday.

World number 5 India are currently leading Pool C with four points from two games ahead of Olympic silver medallist Belgium (4 points) on account of a better goal difference.

Dec 08, 2018 20:30 (IST)

India have stormed into the quarter-final at the 2018 Odisha Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneshwar after a dominating display against Canada. Clinical in the final quarter, India show they can adapt and fight back when needed. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:27 (IST)

Full time: India beat Canada 5-1. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:26 (IST)

Wrong call and India have lost there review. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:26 (IST)

Canada have closed that attack out but Manpreet has asked for a review for a push from the defender. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:25 (IST)

Penalty Corner India after Manpreet asks for a referral. Excellent call from the captain and India have three drag-flickers in the game right now. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:22 (IST)

India have taken Sreejesh off and Harmanpreet has come on. This is a new variation possibly with the final stages of the World Cup in mind. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:20 (IST)

GOAL! Lalit has scored a second goal today and India are leading the Canadians 5-1. Excellent run and pass from Sumit who had a defender on him all the way. Lalit calmly pushes it in to the goal. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:19 (IST)
Dec 08, 2018 20:18 (IST)

10 minutes on the sidelines for Canada's Patrick James due to the sliding tackle which caught Manpreet. Canada are down to 10 men. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:17 (IST)

India are attacking at will and pegging the Canadians further back into their area. Canada have five minutes to turn this around, can they? 

Dec 08, 2018 20:15 (IST)

Canada are shell shocked and are unable to deal with what has just hit them in the final quarter. It's taken India just about five minutes to take the game away from them. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:14 (IST)

GOAL! Local boy Amit Rohidas makes it four with a brilliantly worked Penalty corner. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:12 (IST)

Lalit Upadhyay dribbles past four defenders who are in close attendance and then wins another PC 

Dec 08, 2018 20:10 (IST)

One wonders what coach Harendra Singh would have said to the team after the third quarter. India have absolutely stormed the Canadian castle. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:09 (IST)

India are looking dominant in the early stages of the final quarter and at this point are heading into the quarter-finals without a doubt. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:08 (IST)

GOAL! Now Lalit Upadhyay has made it 3-1 as he rifled it past Canada's keeper. India lead 3-1. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:06 (IST)

GOAL! And what a way to kick off the final quarter. Chinglensana with a first time hard low shot across goal which puts India in the lead. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:05 (IST)

Last 15 minutes!! 

Dec 08, 2018 20:03 (IST)

End of the third quarter: India and Canada are 1-1

Dec 08, 2018 20:02 (IST)

At the other end Mandeep goes haring through the Canadian defense and looks to pick out Lalit in front of goal, but the duo weren't on similar wavelengths this time. 

Dec 08, 2018 20:01 (IST)

Patrick, Canada's number 24, is causing the Indian defense some amount of trouble here as they are rushing into the tackles. 

Dec 08, 2018 19:59 (IST)

Canada are stretching the Indian defense in the last few minutes and had a chance to take the lead but the move is deemed dangerous and India have the ball. 

Dec 08, 2018 19:58 (IST)

Coach Harendra Singh will not be happy with the way his side has been losing their grip and allowed Canada to claw back into the game. 

Dec 08, 2018 19:57 (IST)

India as it stands will head to the crossover as Belgium would then lead the group if the match ends with this scoreline. 

Dec 08, 2018 19:55 (IST)

GOAL: Brilliantly worked goal by Canada - exquisite cross field ball and Son has turned it in past Sreejesh to equalise. 

Dec 08, 2018 19:54 (IST)

Half way through the third quarter and India are looking to keep possession but once again Simranjeet lost it. 

Dec 08, 2018 19:53 (IST)

India using the long passes well to keep Canada in their area. Simranjeet though can't keep it going and he isn't having the best game here today. 

Dec 08, 2018 19:50 (IST)
Dec 08, 2018 19:49 (IST)

Lakra plays the ball in and the overlapping Amit almost gets the second goal. That was a daring effort and would have been one of the goals of the tournament if that had worked out. 

Dec 08, 2018 19:48 (IST)

We are back after the half time break and India have begun the third quarter on the front foot. Can they add to the lead? 

Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs Canada, Highlights: As it Happened
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The Indians have a goal difference of + 5 as against Belgium’s +1.

Both Canada and South Africa have one point each from two matches but the North Americans are placed third with a goal difference of -1 as against South Africa’s -5.

India thrashed South Africa 5-0 and drew 2-2 against Belgium in their earlier matches, while Canada lost 1-2 against the Red Lions before eking out a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the Africans.

While India are placed at an advantageous position at present, the pool is still wide open. The hosts would not want to leave anything on chance and they would seek a comprehensive win on Saturday to cement their place atop the pool and directly qualify for the last eight round.

The second and third placed teams from the pool will play cross-over matches against number 2 and 3 teams of other pools to decide the remaining last four quarterfinal places.

Going by records and form, India are hands down favourites to come out victorious against Canada.

But as we have witnessed on Thursday with world number 20 France upsetting Olympic champions Argentina in a Pool A encounter, anything can happen in modern world hockey.

Besides the better rankings, India enjoy a superior head-to-head record against Canada. Since 2013, India and Canada have played five matches against India with the hosts having won three, lost one and drawn one.

So come tomorrow, the Indians will have to come out with a clear frame of mind and with just one goal — a comprehensive win against Canada and top the pool.

But it would be easier said than done as the Canadians have improved tremendously over the years, especially their defence, which was visible in their first game against Belgium who found it difficult to break their backline and just managed to eke out a narrow 2-1 win.

The onus would be on India’s lethal foward line comprising Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay to take the responsibility on their shoulders.

The Indian midfield, led by skipper Manpreet Singh, has so far produced a decent show, while the defence need to be more agile and cautious, especially considering the fact that the backline is infamous for crumbling under pressure towards the end.

Conceding late goals has been India’s perennial problem and it once again came to hurt the hosts when their defence, consisting of Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, broke down under pressure to concede a goal four minutes from the final hooter and gift Belgium a draw in their last match.

Indian goalkeeper P R Sreejesh too does not look the same under the bar after returning to the side following an injury lay-off.

Canada have given India problems in the past, the most recent being in last year’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London where they defeated India 3-2 to finish fifth.

If that was not enough, in the 2016 Rio Olympics too, India were held to a 2-2 draw by the Canadians.

But India’s chief coach Harendra Singh was not in a mood to dwell in the past and said those experiences will only act as catalyst to do better on Saturday.

“Past failures are experiences. These experiences we will try to make use the present. The present is the match against Canada. The match will decide the fate of our pool. I am not thinking about what happened in Hockey World League Semi-Final or Rio Olympics,” Harendra said.

While insisting that Canada will rely on counter-attacks, the coach said India can’t divert from its strength — that is attacking hockey.

“They will not give space. They wait, wait and wait to get opportunities and that will be their plan. But we have to play to our strength,” Harendra said.

“You can’t go and defend. You can’t be on the backfoot. We have to play attacking hockey. The players have adopted attacking hockey when they were teenagers. It’s in our culture. You can make minor adjustments, but not change the mindset,” he added.

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