In a spectacular display of dominance, the Indian men’s hockey team secured their spot in the semifinals of the Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifiers after crushing both Japan and Malaysia. The team showcased their prowess by defeating Japan with a staggering score of 35-1 and conquering Malaysia with a score of 7-5.
The impressive victories on the same day propelled India to second place in the Elite pool standings with a total of 12 points. This accomplishment secured their direct qualification for the semifinals, where they are scheduled to compete on Saturday.
In their clash against Malaysia, Gurjot Singh emerged as the top scorer, contributing five goals to India’s triumph. Other Indian scorers included Maninder Singh and Mohammed Raheel. Malaysia fought valiantly, with Arif Ishak, Ismail Abu, Muhamad Din, Kamarulzaman Kamaruddin, and Syarman Mat adding to the scoreboard.
The second match of the day against Japan showcased India’s relentless determination, as Maninder Singh and Mohammed Raheel notched up seven and ten goals, respectively. Pawan Rajbhar and Gurjot Singh also made significant contributions, each scoring five goals. The captain, Mandeep Mor, and Jugraj Singh added to the tally as well.
Japan’s Masataka Kobori managed to score their sole goal amidst India’s dominant performance.
The consecutive wins and impressive goal tally underscore India’s prowess in the tournament, making them a formidable contender as they advance to the semifinals. The Indian team’s exceptional performance has left fans eagerly anticipating their upcoming matches and potential championship triumph.
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