India face Britain in crucial Olympic qualifier game

Updated: 10 March 2008 07:19 IST

India take on Great Britain in a crucial league match of the World Hockey Olympic qualifying tournament at the Prince of Wales Country Club on Wednesday.

India face Britain in crucial Olympic qualifier game

Santiago:

In what promises to be a high intensity battle of wits and tactics, India take on Great Britain in a crucial league match of the World Hockey Olympic qualifying tournament at the Prince of Wales Country Club on Wednesday.

The rival coaches of the only two unbeaten teams in this six-nation competition, Joaquim Carvalho and Jason Lee predicted a close and hard-fought match with the winner being almost certain to qualify for Sunday's final.

With only the tournament winner qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the pressure is immense on the teams to advance to the title clash.

After three matches, India top the table on goal difference, but are on par with Britain on points (nine apiece).

Britain, in particular, would have welcomed yesterday's rest day following their punishing game against hosts Chile whom they beat 4-1 after a scoreless first half.

In contrast, the Indians had a fairly comfortable ride marked by a 18-1 drubbing of Mexico.

While both coaches were optimistic of a favourable result, the Indians appear to be the favourites if only on the basis of the two victories England in last year's Champions Challenge tournament in Antwerp last year.

Thus far in this competition, there has been little to separate the two though India have scored more goals.

However, India's shaky starts against Austria and Mexico would not have gone unnoticed by the British think tank that will be plotting for early goals to wrest the initiative.



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