FIH Hockey 5s: Indian Men’s Team Emerge Champions, Beats Poland 6-4 In Final

Lausanne: India made a spectacular comeback by defeating Poland 6-4 in the final of the FIH Hockey 5 Championship on Sunday.Read also – Asia Cup 2022: India defeated Japan 1-0 in bronze medal, Uttam Singh remained the only scorer

India ended their campaign with an unbeaten record, topping three wins on a five-team league scoreboard and a draw on the final route. Read also – Asia Cup 2022: India defeated Japan 2-1 to secure first Super 4 League win

It was India’s second win of the day against similar opponents. In the round robin league match three hours and a half ago, India defeated Poland 6-2, with two wins and a loss. Also Read – Asia Cup 2022: Young Indian Team Against Pakistan In Tournament Opening On May 23rd

The Indians were stunned for a while after Poland scored three goals in the first five minutes of the game, with Matez Novakowski (1st), Wojciech Rutkowski (5th) and captain Robert Pawlak (5th).

Poland played just one game before the final on Sunday against India’s two, and perhaps the fast-paced nature of playing in just 20 minutes in a match could have little effect on Graham Reid’s men.

But the Indians, who were quickly reorganized by the initial shock, found themselves on target in the eighth and ninth minutes, respectively, of Sanjay and captain Gurinder Singh.

The Indians regained their mojo as they took a 4-3 lead after a fine field goal by Dhami Bobby Singh (11th) and the tournament’s greatest scorer Raheel Mohammad (13th).

Once they were on the ascent, the Indians did not stop against the unfortunate Poland as Raheel (17th) and Singh (19th) scored their second goal of the match to complete the formality.

Polish captain Jacek Kuroski scored a goal in the 18th minute to reduce the gap.

Raheel ended the tournament with 10 goals from five games, topping the goal scorer list.

Before that, India beat Malaysia 7-3, scoring four goals in the second half in a spectacular performance before beating Poland 6-2 in the second match of the day.

After the round-robin league stage, India topped the five-team list with 10 wins from three wins and one draw. On Saturday, India defeated host Switzerland by 4-3 and then defeated traditional rival Pakistan 2-2.

If Pakistan had won their final league match against Malaysia, they would have qualified for the final against India but the match ended in a 5-5 draw. Pakistan finished third with five points.

However, India’s women’s side failed to advance to the final with a 4-4 draw against South Africa in the second match after beating host Switzerland 4-3 at the start of the day. India’s men would have reached the final if they beat South Africa by two goals. He finished fourth on the five-team scoring list with one win, one draw and two losses.

In the first men’s match of the day, Raheel Mohammed continued his goal-scoring with a three-set shot against Malaysia and then played a key role in securing the summit clash with India by beating Poland twice.

He was targeted three times on Saturday – twice against Switzerland and once against Pakistan. He has accumulated eight goals from four matches to advance to the tournament goals list.

Apart from Raheel’s three strikes in the 8th, 14th and 18th minutes, Gursahibjit Singh (1st and 17th) and Sanjay (10th and 12th) scored the other goals against Malaysia by Rossi Firadas (4th and 13th) and captain Noor Nabil (9th) Indian scorers. )

The Indian players were leading 3-2 at the break.

India dominated the match against Poland, taking a 5-0 lead at half-time with goals by Sanjay (2nd), Rahil (4th and 9th), Gursahibjit Singh (7th) and Mandeep More (10th).

Moirangthem Rabichandra (15th) added a goal for India in the second period, while Arzynski Grakjan (13th) and skipper Kuroski Jacek (16th) reduced Poland’s distance.

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