As it was expected, the Indian hockey team are making the most of the home situation and are playing with full force.
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Having played two matches so far, the Men in Blue have won and drawn either of their matches. Being placed in Pool C alongside the Rio Olympics silver medal winners Belgium, India had a difficult task ahead of them in terms of keeping the top spot. However, they have successfully managed to do so.
The opening game against South Africa saw the hosts netting 5 goals against none. The second fixture, which was supposed to be a tough one, was handled well by India. A win was on the cards but given the GD (goal difference) a draw would do no harm too. After having conceded a goal, India went on to take the lead (2-1) against the Belgians. However, the opponents managed to pull back one to draw the game level in the dying minutes.
From the match, we have learned the young Indian side’s potential under their coach Harendra Singh. The aggressive style of play and hunger to win the game!
As of how it stands, for now, India is most likely to earn a direct qualification to the quarterfinals. India just has to defeat Canada in their last pool match then. Belgium, then, will have to beat South Africa by a huge margin to stop the hosts from qualifying directly for the next stage.