Day of redemption as India seal semi-final spot

first_imgAt the 1982 Delhi Asian Games, a capacity crowd watched in horror as Pakistan slammed seven goals past India on way to the gold medal.On Sunday, there was redemption of sorts at the same venue as the hosts exorcised the ghosts with a 7-4 defeat of their traditional rivals as they sealed a spot in the men’s hockey competition at the Commonwealth Games.It was one of those occasions which does justice to the sport’s stature as the national game as the supporters and players displayed a passion rarely seen.India’s Sarvanjit Singh (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against Pakistan in men’s hockey preliminaries of the Commonwealth games at the Major Dhyanchand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTISandeep Singh, who has a habit of shining against the neighbours, was one of the stars, scoring two goals and setting up another. Shivendra Singh contributed two of his own while Danish Mujtaba, Sarvanjit Singh and Dharamvir Singh too chipped in to seal a memorable evening.India now take on England in the semi-finals on Monday in their quest of a first medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games.The noise made by the capacity crowd at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium made one’s own voice difficult to hear. The music played out by the public address system at every opportunity gave the occasion a rock concert feel.It brought back memories of the clash between the two sub-continent rivals at the World Cup at the same venue earlier this year.advertisementAs on that occasion, Sandeep rose to the occasion with two penalty corner conversions in quick succession.last_img

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