Indian players put black armbands to pay homage to martyred Indian soldiers

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A clinical India demolished a hapless Pakistan 7-1 to register its third consecutive victory and seal a place in the quarterfinals of the Hockey World League Semifinal, here on Sunday.

Pakistan's qualifying to the quarter finals depends upon the result of Scotland-Canada's match on Tuesday, said a press release issued here.

With this resounding win over arch- rivals Pakistan, India has now won three games on the trot. This was the first game between the two sides, since the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy final, which India won 3-2.

They did get off the blocks with their first real opportunity coming within three minutes of the match when Ajaz Ahmad drifted away just a little bit from his man Pardeep Mor to take a shot on goal. With Akashdeep Singh leading the way, the players manoeuvred deftly around Pakistani defence to score some breathtaking goals. He saved two penalty corners while India was leading 4-0.

There was plenty of entertainment in the first 15 minutes with Pakistan successfully appealing through a video referral for their first PC in the 11th minute.

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On form, India are expected to give Netherlands a run for their money provided they can keep their composure on the turf. Congratulations Team India and congratulations Team Pakistan.

DESIblitz congratulates India on this fantastic win against Pakistan and wishes them all the best for the future.

Malaysia came roaring back into the game in the second quarter, with a Faizal Saari penalty stroke reducing the arrears ahead of a poacher's finish from Tengku Tajuddin who fired home a penalty corner rebound after an initial save from George Pinner to level the scores at 2-2.

"We scored some great goals and when we score the type of goals that we did today, that is what makes a coach happy". Pakistan need to defeat Scotland in the last pool match to qualify for the quarter-finals. We are not under pressure. As sportsmen, the Indian hockey teams have always shown solidarity and compassion towards the soldiers and have often dedicated their victories to the Indian Army.

"Having captained Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-final at Mohali, I know the importance of the game and how it brings the two nations to a standstill while underlining the message of peace and tolerance for each other", the flamboyant all-rounder wrote.

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