Lucknow: India started their 11th Junior Hockey World Cup campaign on a confident note beating Canada 4-0 in a Pool D match on the opening day at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here on Thursday.
India opened the scoring in the 35th minute of the match through Mandeep Singh to go into half time with a one-goal cushion.
After failing to convert numerous scoring opportunities, hosts came hard in the second half much to the delight of the home supporters.
In the 46th minute Indians doubled the lead as Harmanpreet scored of a penalty stroke.
Varun converted India’s fifth penalty corner in the 60th minute. With four minutes from the final hooter, Ajit Pandey guided a pass from Manpreet to score the fourth goal of the evening for India.
After today’s comprehensive win, Harjeet Singh – led side had shown why they are regarded as one of the front-runners for the title.
India will next play England on Saturday. While Canada will meet South Africa also on the same day.
Day 1 Results:
Group C – New Zealand 1 (Oliver Logan 55′) beat Japan 0
Group C – Germany 2 (Anton Boeckel 25′, Timm Herzbruch 63′) beat Spain 1 (Manual Bordas Fabregas 48′)
Group D – England 4 (Horler Edward 5′ & 9′,Scott Peter 11′,Griffiths Jonathan 62′) beat South Africa 2 (De Sousa Mathew 13′, Crowe Ryan 56′)
Group D – India – 4(Mandeep Singh 35′; Harmanpreet 46′; Varun Kumar 60′; Ajit Pandey 66′) beat Canada – 0
Group A – Australia vs Korea at 10:00 AM
Group A – Argentina vs Austria at 12:00 PM
Group B – Belgium vs Egypt at 02:00 PM
Group C – Spain vs Japan at 04:00 PM
Group C – New Zealand vs Germany at 06:00 PM
Group B – Netherlands vs Malaysia at 08:00 PM