Indian men’s junior hockey team has qualified for the quarter-finals of the Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup 2023 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after defeating Canada 10-1 in their final pool match. The team is set to face the Netherlands in their Quarterfinal game tomorrow.
India vs Canada Match Summary
In the game against Canada, India saw seven different goal scores. Lalage Aditya Arjun scored the first field goal for India, followed by Rohit’s goal off a penalty corner.
India took a lead of 2-0 in the very first quarter of the game. In the second quarter, Canada’s Nicholas Jude scored the only goal for Canada to bridge the goal difference in the 20th minute. However, Amandeep Lakra scored a goal off a penalty corner in the 23rd minute to retain the two-goal lead. In the second half, India scored three goals in the third quarter, and four goals in the final quarter of the game, and marched into the quarter-finals with a dominating performance.
India at Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup
In the previous games, India won against Korea by 4-2 and faced a defeat from Spain by 1-4 in their pool stage games.
The Netherlands would be a tough opponent, as they enter the quarter-finals undefeated by defeating Great Britain 2-1, New Zealand by 3-1, and Argentina by 3-0 in their pool games.
Head to Head (India vs Netherlands)
In the past, both the teams have faced each other 10 times in the Junior division at different competitions, and both teams have won 5 games each against each other. However, the Netherlands have a winning streak of four games against India, and the last time India’s Junior men’s team won against the Dutch side was in 2005.
India at Women’s Junior Hockey World Cup 2023
On the other hand, the women’s team ended their campaign on a higher note after getting eliminated from the contention of quarter-finals in the group stage, finishing in 9th position after defeating the USA in the shootout by 2 (3) – 2 (2) for the position match.