Olympic qualifiers: India fights to defeat Russia 7-1

BHUBANESWAR: As if the exciting qualifying match of Indian women didn't provide enough drama for the night, the energetic Russians gave the male side an early shake. Kalinga Stadium Here on Saturday. After conceding a goal in the first minute, Manpreet Singh&coregroupedinquicktimetorecordacomfortable7-1victory.

withthevictoryalongwiththe4-2verdictintheirfavorintheinauguralmatchofthetwo-stagefiholympicqualifieragainsttheteam,ranked22intheworld,thehostsconfirmedtheirplaceintokyo.

india,whichwasneglectedinfriday'sperformance,organizedabetterfullshowontheday.thestrikersfortheirpartfoughthardtooutwittheiropponentsinbothskillandattack.acasetopointoutwasthe17circularpenetrationsofwhichthreereachedthegoal.

evenwhenthehometeamwasinstalling,russiamadethefirstattackandalexeysobolevskiytookthedefendersoffguardwhenhereceivedasuccessfulblowtothefarpost.

thegoalsilencedthelivelyweekendcrowdthatresultedinlargenumberstocheerforthehometeam.buttheindianswerefarfromnervous.theyincreasedthepace,kepttheballinplayontheflanksandresortedtothebasictheoryofpassingandplaying.theresultsbeganarrivinginthe17thminutewhenmanpreetsinghcameincarryingtheballandpassedapasstohardiksingh,whoaimedatthefarpostandalalitupadhyaywaitingfortheturnoff.

outcome:india7(lalitupadhyay17,akashdeepsingh23,29; Nilakanta Sharma 47, Rupinder Pal Singh 48, 59; Amit Rohidas 60) bt Russia 1 (Alexey Sobolevskiy 1).

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