India drew with Canada in their last group match against Canada 2-2 at Rio just a few minutes ago. It was an attacking display by the Indian team who played freely. With this draw, India finished the group stage with 7 points.
In the first quarter, the Indian team attacked right from the start and made the Canadian defence struggle for each shot. It was an excellent display by the Canadian goalkeeper who made crucial saves for Canada. In the 14th minute, India earned their first penalty corner and it was saved by the goalkeeper. Canadian forward attacked but could not score the chance of an open goal. At the end of first quarter, the scores were 0-0.
The second quarter also India dominating possession but the Canadian goalkeeper made crucial saves for the team. Manpreet Singh, Nikkin Thimmah played good hockey but could not convert chances into goals. In the 8th minute, India’s forward SV Sunil had to be carried out because of injury. Danish Mujtaba came in his place. Canada also made good moves but the Indian defence did not allow them to score goals. At the end of the 2nd quarter to the scores was 0-0.
In the third quarter, India got their second penalty corner in the 3rd minute. The shot was well saved by goalkeeper and backhand shot by Akashdeep gave India 1-0 lead. In the next minute, Canada earned their penalty corner and it was scored by Scott Tupper to level the score at 1-1. Kothajit made an excellent save to deny Canada a goal. In the 11th minute, a shot from Raghunath and deflection from Ramandeep gave India a 2-1 lead. The Indian had to play with 10 players as Nikkin Thimmah got a yellow card.
In the fourth, the Canadian team attacked more. The sixth and 7th minute saw Canada earn two back to back penalty corners. They scored from their second penalty corner as Scott Tupper made it 2-2 in the 7th minute. The Indian looked for a winner but could not get it. Sreejesh was called in and Raghunath played as a goalkeeper. Indian hockey must focus on fair play and just avoid these crucial errors in the quarter-final.
India will play the quarter-final on Sunday. The quarter-final line-up will be decided after today group stage matches.