It was a Miracle that The Indian Hockey Team smashed Singapore totally in the men’s hockey Olympic Qualification tournament.
The 41st ranked Singapore Players, who came in as a late replacement for the United States and it consisted mostly of university students with only little experience in international hockey,They were not able to match the eight-time Olympic champions India as the home team scored goal by goal at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
It was a rare exhibition of continuous goal-scoring from the Indians, ranked 10th in the world and top seeded in the tournament, as they found the opposition net six times in the first half and nine times after the change of ends.
For India, Gurvinder Singh Chandi (10th minute, 21st, 40th)scored three, Shivendra Singh (18th, 30th), S V Sunil (54th, 57th) and Danish Mujtaba (25th, 52nd) scored two each, while Sardar Singh (11th), Tushar Khandker (42nd), Sandeep Singh (47th), S K Uthappa (48th) and Yuvraj Walmiki (53rd) and Birendra Lakra (70th) found the net once.
Elifh Enrico Marican(39th) was the lone goal scorer for Singapore .
Inspite of the massive win, penalty corner conversion remains a major concern for India as the hosts managed to convert just one through Sandeep from the six they earned against Singapore today.
The Indians put the young Singapore defence under pressure from the word go and created scoring chances for more.
India will play another minnows Italy in their second match on Sunday.