India beat Egypt 4-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

A hat-trick by penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh featured India's 4-1 win against Egypt in their opening pool D league match

India beat Egypt 4-1

Rotterdam:

A hat-trick by penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh featured India's 4-1 win against Egypt in their opening pool D league match of the Rabobank Junior World Cup hockey tournament for men, in Rotterdam today. Sandeep Singh came up with solid conversions in the fifth, 26th and 56th minutes while V Raja found the boards from a goalmouth melee in the 60th. Egypt marked their presence with a 56th minute strike by Mahmoud Elbadry from a penalty corner. India's first-half performance was decidedly lackadaisical. Apart from the two penalty corner conversions by Sandeep Singh, the Indians made little impression. It was just as well that Egypt did not have it in them to apply more pressure than they did, though their defence was fairly well organised. Good second half The Indians enjoyed a distinctly better second-half during which they displayed cohesion and understanding to repeatedly trouble Egypt. But then, the forwards fumbled in front of the goal and the missed chances pegged the scoreline. Egypt, on their part, played their hearts out, but it was obvious that they were out of depth against a team that was brimming with talent and experience. Even then, the Egyptians excelled individually and with a bit of combination, they could have troubled the Indians far more than they did. To an extent, the Indians appeared over-confident and it led to an Egyptian counter-attack that resulted in a penalty corner goal.(PTI)

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