CWG 2022: Harmanpreet’s hat-trick hands India 4-1 win over Wales, enter men’s hockey semifinals | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Vice-captain Harman Preet Singh slammed a hat-trick as the Indian men’s hockey team beat Wales 4-1 in their final Pool B game to advance to the Commonwealth Games semi-finals on Thursday.
Harmanpreet (19th, 20th, 40th mins) converted two penalty corners and scored one from the spot as Gurjant Singh scored a basket in the 49th minute for India.
Wales’ only goal was scored by drag-flicker Gareth Furlong in the 55th minute from a free-kick.
After the victory, India were on course to top Group B with a goal difference of 22 against England, who still have one game against Canada.

The Indians had the better share of possession in the first two quarters, but Wales gave their whimsical opponents a tough fight, especially in the opening 15 minutes.
India relied on quick play between the passes and made a few circle penetrations but failed to create a clean chance except for an eighth-minute penalty corner, which Varun Kumar failed to miss. failed to use.
Wales also made a few entries into the circle inside the Indian D and their best chance came when an unmarked Carlson shot was saved by a Sreejesh pressed from a one-on-one situation. -head.
After a barren first quarter, India were awarded back-to-back penalty corners in the 18th minute, the second of which was put into the net by the ever-reliable Harmanpreet with a powerful, low ground kick.
A minute later, India were awarded another penalty corner and Harmanpreet showed his bag of tricks with another perfect conversion to give his side a 2-0 half-time lead.
Two minutes after the switch, India were awarded their fifth corner but wasted their chance.
In the 40th minute, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medalists earned back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which resulted in a penalty stroke, and Harmanpreet made no mistakes from the spot.
Minutes later, Akashdeep Singh’s deflection from close range was prevented by Welsh keeper Tobias Reynolds-Cotterill.
A nimble Gurjant made it 4-0 two minutes later as he turned his stick face perfectly to deflect Samsher Singh’s high pass.
Wales then secured two penalty corners in record time and Furlong took advantage of the second opportunity.
One minute from the final whistle, India were awarded another free kick but Harmanpreet was denied by the Welsh defence.

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