India played Canada for the fifth-sixth spot in the Hockey World League Semi-Final and squandered a 2-1 advantage thanks to a Harmanpreet Singh brace. Canada scored twice within six minutes of third quarter to win 3-2 and book a place in the 2018 World Cup in India.
India vs Canada Hockey Score and Updates: India beat Canada 3-0 earlier in the competition during their group game. Things have come a long way for both teams since then. How will things pan out? We will know over the course of the next 60 minutes.
1744 hrs IST: Big chance for India to equalise but Canada hold through and with the win, Canada book their place in the World Cup next year
1732 hrs IST: SAVE! Anthony Kindler once again makes himself huge to deny Mandeep. Lovely turn and reverse hit which was destined for the roof of the net but superb reflex save to keep Canada in the lead
1728 hrs IST: Final quarter underway. SV Sunil tries a pull back but it hits a Canadian leg and that’s a penalty corner. Get a shot on but it is blocked by the first defender. Second penalty corner is not executed well and nothing in the end from it.
1722 hrs IST: GOAL!! Johnston retains Canada’s lead with a penalty corner conversion. Canada now lead 3-2 with two goals in six minutes
1719 hrs IST: Akashdeep gets a shot on the turn and it is saved by the keeper. Narrowed down the angle and got himself low to save it with his feet
1716 hrs IST: GOAL!! Pereira makes it even after a nice and quick run from the right finds an unmarked Canadian at the far post. India have been made to pay for missing key chances
1714 hrs IST: CHANCE! Great chance for India to make it three but the attempt goes begging as the player slips at the crucial moment.
1711 hrs IST: Video referral being taken as the ball is scrambled away once again by Canada defence. Review says India had a raised stick and the ball goes to Canada
1707 hrs IST: Nice chance created by Chinglensena as he swivels near the D to put the ball inside the face of the goal but it gets desperate sticks by the team in red and SV Sunil can’t capitalise. Quickly another penalty corner comes India’s way and it goes waste
1705 hrs IST: India get the second half underway. Canada need a win to help their chances of qualifying for the World Cup in Delhi next year
1655 hrs IST: HALF TIME! India lead Canada 2-1 after 30 minutes. Both goals coming from Harmanpreet Singh and from penalty corner
1650 hrs IST: India earn themselves a penalty corner. Harmanpreet gets a shot or pass to it. Sardar Singh who spread the ball looks to have overrun himself if that was a pass
1649 hrs IST: Lovely move and play between Talwinder and Akashdeep to move the ball within inches of each other to keep moving forward as well. Beautiful play. But the Canada keeper is equal to it and saves to deny Talwinder
1648 hrs IST: Penalty corner for Canada and Harmanpreet is not pleased. Possibly obstruction by the Indian captain. Johnston gets the shot on target but Dahiya tips it over.
1646 hrs IST: Canada are reduced to ten men as Hildreth earns himself a green card.
1643 hrs IST: Sixth penalty corner for India. A Canadian player goes down writhing in pain holding his hamstring. And this time Harmanpreet is on the mark. The shot is low and fiercely struck to the keeper’s right and India lead Canada 2-1
1641 hrs IST: Another penalty corner for India. Sardar Singh to spread the ball and Harmanpreet once again with the shot and another chance goes begging. Another PC goes waste. 1/5 now.
1639 hrs IST: Push on Mandeep inside the box and that is the fourth PC for India. They’re 1/3 so far. Harmanpreet once again stands top of the circle. It is once again saved by the Canadian defence and scrambled away to safety.
1638 hrs IST: Canada with good movement near the D and improvisation for passes to get the play going. Was almost a nice little bit of play but the final shot goes wide of the mark. At the other end, India have a chance to take the lead too but the shot at near post is not deflected well enough. Stays 1-1 then with under 11 minutes to play
1632 hrs IST: A minute to go in the first quarter. Been mostly even but India have had more penalty corners which they’ve not made the most of the chances. As things stand, it is 1-1 after 15 minutes
1626 hrs IST: Stick check by a Canadian player and India have their third penalty corner. Once again shift to the right and Harmanpreet gets the shot underway but it gets a little deflection on the way to be saved by the keeper. Video referral being taken whether the ball hit the foot or stick on its way. Worth looking at whether it was dangerous or not. Yes, free out for Canada. India lose their referral
1622 hrs IST: Another penalty corner for India and this one is not struck well and the keeper gets himself down to stop the ball from creeping into the goal. 1-1 still with under seven minutes to go
1619 hrs IST: With 8:48 to go, first PC of the match for India. A raised stick it seems. India this tournament have been 5/17 on PC’s. Harmanpreet Singh with a low drive and it is hit with enough venom to beat the keeper to his left. Superbly struck and no stopping that. 1-1!
1614 hrs IST: Two penalty corners in quick succession for Canada. Nothing comes from the first but the second one has the right pace and height to beat Vikas Dahiya in goal. Gordon Johnston puts Canada in the lead in just the second minute. Canada 1-0!
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