India vs Pakistan Hockey Highlights of Champions Trophy: India beat Pakistan 4-0

India vs Pakistan Hockey Highlights of Champions Trophy: India beat Pakistan 4-0

India vs Pakistan Hockey Highlights: India dominate Pakistan in a 4-0 win over the arch-rivals in Champions Trophy 2018.

India vs Pakistan Live Hockey
India beat Pakistan 4-0 in tournament opener.

India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy 2018 Highlights: India opened the tournament with a stunning 4-0 win over arch-rivals Pakistan in Breda, Netherlands on Saturday. Mandeep Singh scored two goals for India while Dilpreet Singh and Lalit Upadhayay scored a goal each for India. Three of India’s goals came in the final five minutes of the game while the first was scored in the first quarter. India next face Belgium in the six-nation tournament.

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India vs Pakistan Hockey Highlights: India 4-0 Pakistan as it happened

Winning start for India and Harendra

Mandeep Singh after the game

Mandeep Singh: We won the first match and it was important to win the opener of the tournament. Everyone knows the importance of a Pakistan-India contest and this is an important win. 


Goal or not a goal? Did the hooter go on before the ball went in? Ramandeep with a gorgeous ball across the area and Lalit Upadhyay slid in to divert the ball home. And the goal stands! Lalit completes the romp! India start off with a 4-0 hammering of Pakistan. 


MANDEEP MAKES IT 3-0 TO INDIA! With Pakistan playing with ten outfield players, Mandeep takes the ball close to his body and runs forward towards an open goal. With goal gaping in front of him, no chance he would have missed. And he doesn't. 


DILPREET DOUBLES INDIA'S LEAD! 17-year-old with a gorgeous run after the play started at the other end with a steal in defence. Played forward beautifully in Dilpreet's path who takes a touch to round an onrushing Butt and quickly tucks the ball home. 


Chance for India to get a shot on but for very smart and very aware defending by Pakistan to save the ball from reaching a player in blue in the area. Earlier, SV Sunil and Ramandeep tried to play a quick one-two but couldn't get it done. 


Fourth quarter underway and a decent chance for Pakistan to equalise. Sreejesh, once again, equal to it and India maintain their lead. But, increasingly it seems, for how long?

HOOTER! India 1-0 Pakistan

India lead after the third quarter but Pakistan have grown into attack and looked better this half thus far. Made some interesting runs but still not finding the back of the net. Harendra with the message of "Pass, run, pass, run, pass run. Rotate the ball. They're tired. Let's pass, pass, pass, pass."


Shafqat Rasool wins a penalty corner for Pakistan - the first of the game for the team in green. Stick check by Jarmanpreet as Rasool tries to turn. Amit Rohidas with very courageous defending to quickly close down the attempt, hits his shoulder and is deemed dangerous play. Ball to India


Superb save by Sreejesh! Pakistan move the ball well into the third quarter. Snap shot with under 11 minutes to go in the third quarter and Sreejesh averts the danger. Lovely save! The referee probably thought it was hit wide than saved. 


Pakistan have been awarded an equalising goal. But India immediately go for the referral. Played into the area from the right, the wild swing hits the foot instead of the stick and India keep their referral. Goal disallowed


Second half underway. India lead 1-0 against Pakistan. Bit of a sprinkle before things get underway. Not sure if Sreejesh was happy with bit of water getting into the area!


INDIA 1-0 PAKISTAN AT HALF TIME! At the end of the first half, India lead thanks to a Ramandeep goal. Been few chances on either goals but India have made the most of the few runs forward. Before the hooter went off, Vivek Sagar almost doubled the lead but for an acrobatic save from Imran to deny the goal. 


Chance for Pakistan to equalise immediately. Bit of a misgrab in the area and the stray ball is almost pounced upon by a Pakistan attacker. But Sreejesh gets forward and saves, the rebound is lashed on to with force but is well wide of the mark


RAMANDEEP SINGH PUTS INDIA AHEAD! Five minutes left in the second quarter and the reverse pass by Simranjeet is played into Ramandeep's path who does superbly to deflect the ball past Butt at the near post. Created little space to move ahead of his marker and then wonderful deflection into goal


Soon into the second quarter, India earned their second penalty corner. It hits a Pakistan foot. Poorly taken PC that. No co-ordination and miscommunication and the eventual shot is tame and easy for Pakistan to defend. Caught off guard, Pakistan go on the counter and move the ball swiftly into India's half and briskly into the D. But the pass into the area is swept away from danger


FIRST QUARTER: India 0-0 Pakistan after first quarter. India earned a PC before the hooter went off but Pakistan keeper did well to stop it


Under two minutes to go in the first quarter and first penalty corner of the game falls to India. But nothing comes off it with keeper getting down low to his right and parrying the ball away

Chance broken for India

Ramandeep Singh creates the first near chance of the game with a blistering run forward but it is cut-off before he can lay it on to SV Sunil who is unmarked and finds plenty of space. Looked a decent two-on-one chance


And we're underway at Breda, Netherlands. Nice and bright in the morning. Not a packed stadium despite the big occasion 

National anthems

Players make their way out of the tunnel for the national anthems. First up is India followed by Pakistan

India lineup

India's starting XI: PR Sreejesh (captain & GK), Harmanpreet, Dilpreet, Jarmanpreet, Surender, Manpreet, Sardar, Varun, SV Sunil, Chinglensana, Ramandeep

Harendra Singh before the game

Coach Harendra Singh before the game: "Getting off to a winning start is vital because it sets the momentum for the rest of the tournament. There will be no room for emotions when we take on Pakistan. The team will play against them like any other team where we go for the three points." 

India vs Pakistan Live

Hello and welcome! Good evening and thank you for joining our coverage of the Champions Trophy hockey from Breda, Netherlands. What better way to kick things off than with a India vs Pakistan showdown. India have dominated Pakistan in the recent past -  from Asian Champions Trophy in 2016 when they had beaten Pakistan in the final. It was followed by twin wins in the Hockey World League semi-finals in London in 2017 and then the Asia Cup in Dhaka where India bagged the title after 10 years. But then came the disappointment of a 2-2 draw in Gold Coast. India led 2-0 before Pakistan levelled matters including with a goal with the hooter already up. 

India vs Pakistan Live Hockey

Coach Harendra Singh speaks with the team.

India come into the Champions Trophy on the back of a disappointed Gold Coast campaign in the Commonwealth Games. The team finished fourth after missing out in the bronze medal match and didn't come home with a medal for the first time since 1998. Now, with team changes and coaching changes, Harendra Singh is in the hot seat and he will have a tough job ahead of him with Champions Trophy the biggest tournament before the World Cup later in the year.