FIH Hockey 5s: India emerges champions, beats Poland 6-4 in final

A great India made a stunning comeback from a three-goal deficit against Poland in a vibrant 6-4 final on Sunday to win the inaugural FIH Hockey 5s Championship here.

India, who led the five-team league with three wins and a draw in the final, ended their season with an unbeaten record.

This was India’s second win of the day against the same opponents. India had beaten Poland, who finished second with two wins and as many losses,

6-2 in their round-robin league game three and a half hours earlier in the day.

In their third game of the day, the Indians were stunned for a while after Poland scored three unanswered goals in the first five minutes of the game through Mateusz Nowakowski (1st), Wojciech Rutkowski (5th) and captain Robert Pawlak (5th). .

Poland played just one game before the final on Sunday, as opposed to India’s two, and perhaps that has an impact on Graham Reid’s men in the fast-paced format played in just 20 minutes a game.

But the Indians quickly regrouped after the initial jolt as Sanjay and captain Gurinder Singh found the target in the eighth and ninth minutes respectively to go 2-3 in the breather.

It was only a matter of time before the Indians got their mojo back as they took a 4-3 lead after fine field goals from Dhami Boby Singh (11) and the tournament’s top scorer Raheel Mohammed (13).

Once on the rise, there was no stopping the Indians against an unlucky Poland as Raheel (17′) and Singh (19′) scored their respective second goals of the game to complete the formalities.

Poland captain Jacek Kurowski pulled one back in the 18th minute to reduce the lead on goal.

Raheel finished the tournament with 10 goals from five games at the top of the scorer chart.

Earlier, India first defeated Malaysia 7-3 and scored four goals in the second half in a stunning show before beating Poland 6-2 in the second game of the day.

India had led the five-team standings after the round-robin league stage with 10 points from three wins and a draw. India beat hosts Switzerland 4-3 on Saturday and drew arch-rivals Pakistan 2-2.

Pakistan could have qualified for the final and faced India if they had beaten Malaysia in their last league game, but the game ended in a 5-5 draw. Pakistan finished third with five points.

However, the Indian women’s team did not make it to the final after drawing 4-4 ​​against South Africa in the second game after beating hosts Switzerland 4-3 earlier on the day. India would have reached the final if they had beaten South Africa by two goals. They finished fourth in the five-team standings with four points from a win, a draw and two losses.

In the first men’s game of the day, Raheel Mohammed continued his goalscoring streak as he scored three goals against Malaysia and then twice against Poland to play a key role in India and secure a place at the summit.

He also hit the target three times on Saturday – twice against Switzerland and once against Pakistan. He has scored eight goals in four games, leading the tournament’s goalscoring chart.

In addition to Raheel’s three goals in the 8th, 14th and 18th minutes, Gursahibjit Singh

(1st and 17th) and Sanjay (10th and 12th) were the other Indian goalscorers against Malaysia, who scored through Rosdi Firadus (4th and 13th) and captain Noor Nabil (9th).

The Indians led 3-2 at halftime in the 20-minute game.

India completely dominated the game against Poland, leading at half-time with goals from Sanjay (2nd), Raheel (4th and 9th), Gursahibjit Singh (7th) and Mandeep Mor (10th).

Moirangthem Rabichandra (15) scored for India in the second session while Arzynski Gracjan (13) and captain Kurowski Jacek (16) reduced the lead for Poland.

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