India overcomes Indonesia 16-0 in the Asia Cup Hockey 2022 Super 4.
The Indian hockey team performed brilliantly to overcome Indonesia 16-0 and advance to the Super 4s of the 2022 Men’s Asia Cup Hockey.
India was joined by Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea in the Asia Cup Hockey 2022 Super 4 round.
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The rout not only guaranteed India’s position in the final round of the tournament but also essentially eliminated Pakistan. Notably, India needed 15 goals to overtake Pakistan on goal differential and advance to the next round. The Men in Blue did so through a penalty corner with just two minutes remaining in the last quarter.
In Pool A, India and Pakistan tied for fourth place, four points behind Japan, although the hosts qualified for the Super 4s due to a higher goal differential. In other words, India and Pakistan tied for fourth place in Pool A, four points behind Japan, despite the hosts qualifying for the Super 4s due to a greater goal differential.
India needed to beat Indonesia by a score of 150 or more to qualify for the next round, and the defending champions did it due to five goals from Dipsan Tirkey and three goals from Sudev Belimagga. SV Sunil, Pawan Rajbhar, and Karthi Selvam each scored a brace, while Uttam Singh and Nilam Sanjeep Xess each scored a goal.
Pakistan had earlier in the day lost to Japan by a score of 2-3. After a 1-1 stalemate with Pakistan and a 2-5 loss to Japan, who finished first in Pool A, this was India’s first win in the ongoing Asia Cup Hockey 2022. All three of Japan’s pool matches were won. In other words, Pakistan had lost to Japan earlier in the day by a score of 2-3. This was India’s first win in the ongoing Asia Cup Hockey 2022, following a 1-1 tie with Pakistan and a 2-5 loss to Japan, who finished first in Pool A. Japan won all three of its pool matches.