The Indian junior workforce was anticipated to win the sport contemplating their expertise however France had different concepts as they gave the Indian workforce a rude get up name in their Group B encounter.
Timothee, the oldest participant in the event, not solely scored three objectives, two of which got here from the penalty corners, the French captain additionally made a good aim-line save to disclaim Araijeet Singh Hundal from changing a PC in the third quarter. The remaining two objectives have been scored by Corentin Sellier and Benjamin Marqué.
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For India, Sanjay additionally scored a hat-trick with all his objectives coming from penalty corners. Of the three objectives, two got here very late in the sport and even raised the hope of an Indian turnaround however it wasn’t to be as France held on to a memorable win in the top. For the hosts, the opposite aim was scored by Uttam Singh.
India will now should regroup quick as they tackle Canada in their second group sport on Thursday. Like captain Vivek Sagar Prasad mentioned after the match, they must play with way more vitality from the very starting.
While they did win eight penalty corners in opposition to France and seemed like they might rating each one of them, India have been lacklustre in any other case. Maninder Singh, nevertheless, was fairly spectacular for the hosts and even got here near scoring.
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As for France, they performed similar to India chief coach Graham Reid had anticipated and India had no reply to it. They moved the ball quick and attacked brilliantly down the correct flank. They will now hope to proceed their good present in opposition to Poland on Thursday.
Earlier, it couldn’t have begun poorly for the hosts as France took the lead in the forty eighth second. Sellier obtained the ball close to the aim and took the shot from the correct. His shot was nicely saved by India goalkeeper Prashant Chauhan however Timothee scored off the rebound.
To the shock of the India gamers and assist employees, France doubled their lead in the seventh minute. This time Mathis Clément ran down the correct flank although the Indian defence and performed the ball to Jules Verrier standing close to the aim line. He rapidly performed it to Benjamin, who put the ball into the highest of the online.
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However, India, weren’t in any temper to take a seat again and so they clawed again into the match changing two penalty corners in fast time. Uttam scored the primary one following a rebound whereas Sanjay transformed the second as he hit the ball by the legs of France goalkeeper Guillaume de Vaucelles.
With momentum on their facet, India started the second quarter nicely and earned their third PC of the match 4 minutes after the restart. But this time they did not convert it. France, alternatively, received their first PC three minutes later and Timothee, who acquired a inexperienced card earlier following an unpleasant sort out, transformed it to place France forward as soon as once more.
France received three PCs in the third quarter and eventually Timothee transformed the final one to make it 4-2 for France and with that he additionally accomplished his hat-trick. Towards the top France did take the foot off the pedal and India nearly made a comeback.