Hockey India lose to France 1-3 to finish 4th in Jr Hockey WC

Title trusts previously broke, reigning champs India even neglected to complete on the platform as they lost 1-3 to France in the bronze-decoration play-off match of the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup here on Sunday.

France captain Timothee Clement pummeled a full go-around to paralyze the hosts by and by and secure the bronze award.

Lenient changed over three punishment corners for France in the 26th, 34th and 47th minutes while India’s solitary objective was struck by Sudeep Chirmako in the 42nd moment.

It was the second continuous lemon show from the Indians after their standout execution against Belgium in the quarterfinals.

The third-fourth spot match was an opportunity for India to vindicate their 4-5 loss against France in their competition opener, yet it was not to be as the European side kept on overwhelming the hosts with a magnificent exhibition.

France were by a wide margin the better side on the pitch as they controlled the procedures after a steady first quarter and procured upwards of 14 punishment corners as against India’s only three.

India began a splendid note and applied strain on France safeguard in the principal quarter, which brought about a punishment corner as right on time as in the main moment of the game, however the hosts neglected to use the possibility.

The Indians kept on squeezing hard and verged on getting the lead in the twelfth moment when Araijeet Singh Hundal’s shot from top of the circle hit the post.

France got their balance into the match at the fag end of the main quarter when they got three punishment corners in progression however the Indian safeguard did barely enough to keep their opponents under control.

France kept on assaulting in the second quarter as the Indians played make up for lost time hockey.

Three moment into the subsequent quarter, France got one more punishment corner however again it went to no end.

India too made a couple of chances however every one of those flamed out inside the France circle.

France kept on squeezing the Indian protection and in the process procured their fifth punishment corner in the 26th moment which was changed over by Clement with a low drag-flick to one side of Indian caretaker Prasanth Chauhan.

France proceeded with their assaulting game after the difference in closes and got five punishment corners minutes after the beginning of the second from last quarter, the remainder of which was changed by Clement over to hand the European side a 2-0 lead.

Minutes after the fact India procured a punishment corner yet Shardanand Tiwari’s flick was redirected wide by the principal rusher.

Seconds after the fact Sudeep’s attempt from short proximity was saved by the France goalkeeper.

In the 42nd moment Sudeep gave the host’s a beam trust by lessening the edge with a field objective.

However, France proceeded to assault and procured their eleventh punishment corner in the 47th moment and indeed Clement was beat on track.

France didn’t ease strain on the Indian guard and in the process procured three more punishment corners however neglected to expand their lead. Sudeep got a splendid opportunity for India minutes after the fact however his touch from Araijeet Singh Hundal’s pass went wide.

India got one more opportunity to diminish the edge as a punishment corner yet bad habit skipper Sanjay Kumar’s flick was all around safeguarded by France. PTI SSC

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