Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:15:19 GMT

Indian men thrash Singapore 15-1, women held by Ukraine

New Delhi: Indian men's hockey team started their 2012 London Olympics qualifying campaign with a thumping 15-1 win over Singapore while the women's team were held 1-1 by a lowly-ranked Ukraine at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Saturday.


Indian men thrash Singapore 15-1, women held by Ukraine

Tournament favourites India, ranked World No.10, toyed with Singapore, the lowest ranked men's team at World No.41, and fashioned their biggest win over the South East Asian country bettering their 12-0 win registered in the 1982 Asia Cup in Karachi.

With the win, India also maintained their domination over Singapore having won in all the 14 encounters so far between the two teams.

Gurwinder Singh Chandi, who struck thrice (11th, 21st, 40th), opened the scoring after being set-up by Tushar Khandekar inside the D. Man of the Match Chandi did a dummy and shot it past the Singaporean goalkeeper to sound the board. The floodgates opened as India scored five goals in the space of 14 minutes and led 6-0 at half-time.

Singapore found the consolation goal through Enrico Elifh Abdul Lathif Marican from a counter-attack just four minutes after the re-start.

But there was no respite for the visitors as India continued the second half in the same fashion pumping in nine more. Shivendra Singh, S.V. Sunil and Danish Mujtaba scored a brace each while Yuvraj Walmiki, S.K. Uthappa, Sandeep Singh, Sardar Singh, Tushar Khandekar and Birendra Lakra struck once each.

Earlier in the evening, the Indian women's team started their campaign in an unconvincing fashion with a 1-1 draw against lowly Ukraine.

India dominated the proceedings but lacked proper finishing that did them in as chances went abegging inside the Ukrainian penalty box.

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