After a marginal victory in the first match of Fintro Hockey World League semi-finals against France, Indian men’s hockey team will be looking to register a convincing win against Poland on Tuesday. Men in Blue defeated French team by 3-2 and at the final quarter of match Ramandeep Singh’s goal helped team to win the clash.
Though India qualified for Rio Olympics and won first match, they won’t be taking world rank 17 Poland team lightly. The last time these two teams met in 2000 Sydney Olympics in which a crucial game, Polish team stopped India at the draw in the final moments of the match. So 9th rank Indian team will be playing with full concentration and focus against Poland.
In the first match, Sardar Singh’s team was looking a bit outdated as their defence was not as good as it is used to on regular basis. Forwards were not able to finish the given opportunities and at times missed penalty corners as well. Captain Sardar Singh also accepts that Poland is a good side and team won’t be taking lightly in tomorrow’s clash.
He said, “Poland is a good team and if they are in the Semi-Final round that means they have some quality players in their team. We can’t afford to take them lightly at any moment as they are capable of turning matches in their favour. The defeat in Sydney Olympics is still fresh in many hockey players and we will not repeat the mistakes made in the match.”
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Indian team will be favorites to win against Poland and they have got 65 percent winning chances. As per Sports Mirchi predictions the expected score line could be 4-2 in the favor of India.