Champions Trophy 2018: Indian Hockey Team Thrash Pakistan 4-0 In The Opener

| June 24 , 2018 , 13:39 IST

After a disastrous edition of Commonwealth Games, the Indian Hockey team came back strong as they defeated Pakistan 4-0 in the opener of the Champions Trophy at Breda, Holland on Saturday. The Indian team scored three goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.

The Indian side started positively and built pressure on the Pakistani defence and secured a penalty corner in the 13th minute but Harmanpreet's attempt was saved by goalkeeper Imran Butt.

Ramandeep Singh, who was dropped from the CWG squad, brought the first breakthrough for India in the 25th minute of the game. None of the team found the nets in the second and third quarter. Dilpreet Singh came up with the second goal in the 54th minute followed by Mandeep and Lalat in the 54th and 59th minute respectively.

The Indians looked a compact side in all departments of the game with the strikers utilising the opportunities that came their way while the defence came up with a superlative show during the entire 60 minutes to keep Pakistani forwards at bay.

After the epic clash with Pakistan, India is scheduled to face Argentina (on June 24), Australia (June 27), Belgium (June 28) and Netherlands (June 30).