India vs South Africa, Hockey World Cup 2018 Highlights: The 43-year-old title drought is likely to be soon ended as the host India has started dreaming in the 14th Hockey World Cup. India beat South Africa by 5-0 in their opening game on Wednesday (November 28). The Indian team won its first match after the 2010 World Cup. They had beat Pakistan 4-1 in their first match in 2010. In 2014, India had to suffer from Belgium in his first match. Indian team was ninth in the points tally in the previous World Cup. India won the Hockey World Cup in 1975. India’s next match will be against Belgium on 2 December.
Simranjeet Singh scored two goals for hosts India. Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay scored one goal each. With this win, India has secured the first position in Group C. Both India and Belgium have 3-3 points in the group. But the Indian team has better goal averages. In the other game, Belgium beat Canada 2-1 in their first match.
Mandeep Singh scored the first goal for India. This goal came when he converts the strike on the penalty corner. On the penalty corner in the 10th minute, Harmanpreet Singh showed a good drag flick, which the African goalkeeper stopped from his gloves, but he could not control the ball. After hitting the goalkeeper’s glove, the ball sprang up, which Mandeep Singh first controlled and then easily reached the goalpost.
Akashdeep scored the second goal for India against South Africa. It was his first goal in the tournament and overall sixth Goal in the World Cup history. He also scored five goals in the previous World Cup. He was the highest scorer Indian player in 2014. Then only three players could have scored more goals than them.
Indian coach Harendra Singh said at the half time, “We are putting pressure on South Africa. But we need to show a better game. We are getting closer to the goal, but we are unable to cash in on the absence of early decision-making. “In the match between India and South Africa, the French audience will be seen supporting the host India.
Tomorrow, the Pool A sides start their tournament. At 5pm, Argentina take on Spain and then at 7pm, New Zealand play France.