A well-oiled France outsmarted defending champion India 5-4 in a Pool B match to trigger the largest upset on the opening day of the Junior males’s hockey World Cup on the Kalinga Stadium right here on Wednesday.
The shortage of cohesion was obvious because the host was outplayed by France in each division.
France, which completed a shock runner-up in New Delhi in 2013, surprised the defending champion by scoring within the opening minute by means of captain Timothee Clement’s discipline purpose.
India’s shock doubled when the pacy French facet went 2-0 up within the seventh minute. The trio of Mathis Clement, Jules Verrier and Benjamin Marque completed off a well-coordinated transfer, reflecting France’s glorious preparation.
India managed to drag one again as Uttam Singh slotted house a rebound off the crew’s first penalty nook. Sanjay’s drag-flick drew parity earlier than the primary break.
The second quarter belonged to France. Clement’s crisp drag-flick off the primary lengthy nook put his facet within the lead once more.
The Frenchmen, who dominated the proceedings, earned three successive penalty corners after half-time. Clement went on to finish a hat-trick within the thirty second minute.
France pulled away additional by means of Corentin Sellier’s discipline purpose within the closing quarter.
Although Sanjay struck twice within the closing minutes and carried out the three-peat, it wasn’t sufficient to disclaim France.
Pool A: Belgium 5 (Roman Duvekot 7 & 45, Nelson Onana 24, Arno van Dessel 55, Rik van Cleynenbreugel 58) bt South Africa 1 (Jacques van Tonder 15+); Malaysia 2 (Kamarulzaman Kamaruddin 34. Syarman Mat 43) bt Chile 1 (Sebastian Wolansky 59).
Pool B: Poland 1 (Eryk Bembenek 34) bt Canada 0; France 5 (Timothee Clement 1, 23 & 32, Benjamin Marque 7, Corentin Sellier 48) bt India 4 (Uttam Singh 10, Sanjay 15+, 57 & 58).
Pool D: Germany 5 (Michel Struthoff 1. Robert Duckscheer 14 & 54, Maximilian Siegburg 19, Benedikt Schwarzhaupt 22) bt Pakistan 2 (Abdul Shahid 18, Muhammed Hammadudin 49).