After finishing the first round with an all-win record, India face difficult battles ahead in the World Cup junior hockey tournament as they take on Argentina tomorrow. Placed in a difficult Pool F of the second round alongside world champions Australia and European giants the Netherlands besides Argentina, India will need to win at least two of their three matches to proceed to the semi-finals of the tournament.
The four other teams in the second round, England, Korea, Spain and Germany, have been placed in Pool E.
India's match against South American champions Argentina will be followed by that with Australia and the Netherlands.
Coach Rajinder Singh spent the day today at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre, watching Argentina beat New Zealand 3-0 to qualify for the second round. "It's difficult but not impossible," Rajinder Singh said of India's chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.
"We all know that the first round is over and the top eight junior teams of the world will now play each other. So to say that we are in an easy or tough group is not the right thing. Every match is tough and every match will have to be won," he said.
India, who won all their matches with convincing margins in the first round, have attracted the attention of coaches of other teams who have been watching their progress very closely. (PTI)