Veteran forward Akashdeep Singh slotted in a brace as India beat a spirited Wales 4-2 in their final group stage encounter of the 2023 Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
India were scrappy throughout the evening and had to wait till the second quarter to find their first goal via Shamsher Singh. Akashdeep extended the lead early in the third quarter, before a defensive harakiri helped Wales equalise late in the quarter.
Akashdeep, once again, came to India's rescue early in the final quarter before skipper Harmanpreet Singh found his first goal of the tournament to help India close off a victory.
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- 19 Jan 2023 3:45 PM GMT
Not the result the Indian team or fans were looking for, but they would be happy to have bagged 3 full points after a scrappy games. India will now have to fight out against New Zealand in the crossovers on 22nd January, to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
That's all we have from today's clash at the Kalinga Stadium. Thank you for tuning in!
- 19 Jan 2023 3:37 PM GMT
India come out on top with a 4-2 win against Wales. But, this is not a result they would have hoped for. The hosts will have to play an extra match in the crossovers against New Zealand to earn their spot in the quarterfinals.
Wales were pretty solid in the defense - their goalkeeper especially had a busy day. The two goals in quick succession in the third quarter did give them belief, but India were quite clearly the better side.
IND 4-2 WAL