Hockey World Cup: Sanjay, Hundal scored hat-tricks to help India beat Canada 13-1

After being stunned by France 5-4 in their tournament opener, the Indians stormed back, scoring three goals each through Sanjay (17th, 32nd, and 59th) and Hundal (40th, 50th, 51st)

Defending champions India rallied back strongly to thrash Canada 13-1 in their second Pool B encounter of the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup here on Thursday, with vice-captain Sanjay scoring his second consecutive hat-trick and Araijeet Singh Hundal also finding the net thrice.

The Indians came back into the game after being stunned by France 5-4 in their tournament opener, scoring three goals apiece through Sanjay (17th, 32nd, 59th) and Hundal (17th, 32nd, 59th) (40th, 50th, 51st).

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The other scorers were Uttam Singh (3rd minute, 47th), Shardanand Tiwai (35th, 53rd), Vivek Sagar Prasad (8th), Maninder Singh (27th), and Abhishek Lakra (55th).

After defeating Poland 7-1 on Thursday, France leads Pool B with two wins in as many games, while India is in second place.

On Saturday, India will face Poland in their final pool match.

After being stunned by France on Wednesday, the Indians took control of the game early on and applied pressure to the Canadian goal.

India’s efforts were rewarded almost immediately when Uttam scored from inside the circle to put them up 1-0.

The hosts kept up the pressure and increased their advantage in the eighth minute when skipper Vivek glanced in a Maninder Singh feed.

In the 11th minute, Canada was awarded two back-to-back penalty corners, but they were both wasted, giving India a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

India made it 3-0 shortly after resuming when Sanjay scored from the spot following an infringement from their first penalty corner.

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As India increased its pressure, it secured a penalty corner in the 21st minute but wasted the opportunity.

Canada pulled one back minutes after entering the second quarter via a penalty corner conversion by Roopkanwar Dhillon.

Following a change of ends, India received their third penalty corner, and once again Sanjay scored.

The hosts increased their lead to 7-1 in the 41st minute when Araijeet Hundal converted another penalty corner “as read and reported by”.

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