India thrash Mexico 18-1

Updated: 05 March 2008 13:18 IST

India maintained their goal-scoring spree in the World Hockey Olympic qualifying tournament, hammering Mexico 18-1.

India thrash Mexico 18-1

Santiago:

India maintained their goal-scoring spree in the World Hockey Olympic qualifying tournament, hammering Mexico 18-1.

This is India's third consecutive win in the qualifying tournament at the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago.

Mexico showed early promise when they forced three penalty corners in the first five minutes, but the Indians kept their composure and hit back with a vengeance.

Rajpal Singh and Prabhjot Singh did the star turn for India scoring six and four goals, respectively, including a hattrick apiece.

Drag-flick specialist V Ramachandra Raghunath, who doubled up as a forward, struck four, three of them from penalty corners, while Shivendra Singh (2), Tushar Khandekar (1) and Sardara Singh (1) rounded off the scoring for India who led 8-0 at the break.

The Mexicans drew some consolation from their only goal that came on the stroke of full-time, when Pol Moreno scrambled the ball home following a mix up in the Indian defence.

While India, who had beaten Russia 8-0 and Austria 7-3, thus have nine points while Mexico, beaten 11-0 by Great Britain and 4-0 by Chile, are virtually out of contention for the lone Olympic spot available in this tournament.

"Our aim today was to get into a rhythm and score as many goals as possible so that our forwards would maintain their form. More than the number of goals, I was pleased with the manner in which some of them were struck," said chief coach Joaquim Carvalho.

India was also keen on creating penalty corners so as to provide Raghunath opportunities to get going with his drag-flicks.

Topics : Hockey Olympics 2012
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