|March 4th, 2008|
|7||Round-Robin||3:30pm||MEX - IND||1 - 18 (0 - 8)||Final|
The first game of the day, in scorching heat, started well for Mexico with 3 penalty-corners in a row. They were well executed but did not fool the Indian defense, leaving Mexico still chasing their first goal of the competition. India was not in a rush, and took the lead as soon as they pushed up the pace, scoring two goals by Rajpal SINGH in quick succession.
They then scored at ease, their individual skills and collective speed overwhelming the inexperienced Mexican players, who looked very tired today and far less dynamic than in their first two games. Rajpal SINGH had completed his hat-trick before half-time, reached on the run-away score of 8-0.
The second half was nearly entirely played in front of the Mexican goal. The Mexican players never gave up but could not prevent the score from escalating to 18-0, with 5 goals each for Rajpal SINGH and V.R. RAGHUNATH, and 4 for Prabhjot SINGH. Mexico were rewarded for their perseverance by scoring a goal in the last minute of play, when some untidy Indian defense gave the opportunity to Pol MORENO QUIROZ to score the first Mexican goal in the competition.