An impressive India made a comeback from a three-goal deficit to beat Poland 6-4 in a thrilling final to win the inaugural FIH Hockey 5s Championship here on Sunday. India, who topped the five-team league standings with three wins and one draw on the way to the final, ended their campaign with an unbeaten record. This was India’s second victory of the day over the same rivals. India had beaten Poland, who were second with two wins and the same loss, 6-2 in their round robin league match three and a half hours earlier in the day.
Playing their third match of the day, Poland were stunned for a while by Matthews Novakowski (first), Wojciech Rotkowski (5th) and captain Robert Pavlak (5th) after scoring three goals without reply in the first five minutes of the game. gone.
Poland played just one match on Sunday before the final, as it did against India’s two, and perhaps the effect on Graham Reid’s men can be played in just 20 minutes in the fast format.
But the Indians quickly regrouped with the initial setback and Sanjay and skipper Gurinder Singh scored in the eighth and ninth minutes respectively, trailing 2-3.
It was only a matter of time before the Indians regained their momentum when they took a 4-3 lead after excellent field goals from Dhami Bobby Singh (11th) and Raheel Muhammad (13th), the tournament’s most impressive scorer. gone.
Once they were at their peak, the Indians had no restraint against a helpless Poland as Raheel (17th) and Singh (19th) scored their second goal of the match to complete the formalities.
Poland captain Jessica Krowski left one behind to reduce the goal margin in the 18th minute. Raheel ended the tournament with 10 goals in five matches, topping the goal scorer chart.
Earlier, India beat Malaysia 7-3 in the first half, scoring four goals in the second half and beating Poland 6-2 in the second match of the day.
India topped the five-team standings after the Round Robin League stage with three wins and 10 points from one draw. India beat hosts Switzerland 4-3 on Saturday and drew 2-2 with traditional rivals Pakistan.
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Pakistan could have qualified for the final and could have faced India if they had won their last league match against Malaysia but the match ended 5-5. Pakistan finished third with five points.
The Indian women’s team, however, failed to make it to the finals after beating hosts Switzerland 4-3 early in the day after a 4-4 draw with South Africa in the second match. If she had beaten South Africa by two goals, the Indian women would have reached the final. He finished fourth in the five-team standings with four points from one win, one draw and two losses.
In the first men’s match of the day, Raheel Mohammed continued to score as he scored three goals against Malaysia and then twice against Poland to help India to a place in the clash.
He also scored three times on Saturday – twice against Switzerland and once against Pakistan. He has amassed eight goals in four matches to top the tournament’s goal scoring chart.
Apart from Raheel’s three strikes in the 8th, 14th and 18th minutes, Garsahibjit Singh (1st and 17th) and Sanjay (10th and 12th) were the other Indian scorers against Malaysia who scored Rusdi Firdous (4th and 13th) and captain Noor Nabil (9th). Rounded by ).
In the 20-minute match, the Indian team was leading 3-2 at half time.
India completely dominated the match against Poland, with Sanjay (second), Raheel (fourth and ninth), Garsahibjit Singh (7th) and Mandeep Moore (10th) taking a 5-0 lead at half time. Of
Moirangthem Rabichandra (15th) added a goal for India in the second session while Arzynski Gracjan (13th) and captain Kurowski Jacek (16th) reduced the margin for Poland.
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