|March 8th, 2008|
|15||Round-Robin||7:00pm||CHI - IND||1 - 4 (0 - 3)||Final|
The last game of pool play between India and Chile was played once again in front of a large crowd of Chilean and Indian fans. The host team was enthusiastically and faithfully cheered despite their disappointing results in the competition, with losses to Austria, Great Britain and Russia. With the cool air of the evening, the pace was faster than in the previous games and India immediately besieged the Chilean defense, well backed by goalkeeper Mauro SCAFF celebrating his birthday with some stellar saves.
Most of the play was in the Chilean camp, but the Chileans held tight, fighting for all the balls and not leaving the Indians any room. Prabhjot SINGH opened the scoring in the 9th minute, but it took India a long time before they could score again, finally managing two goals in quick succession, first by V.R. RAGHUNATH benefiting from a defensive deflection in their own goal, then a superb action concluded by BHARATH delivering at full speed a shot that left no chance to the keeper.
Chile probably played their best hockey of the week in the second half, not only keeping their opponent off the scoreboard for the longest time but also building some interesting moves of their own. With play becoming more intense, tension building and fatigue kicking in, the two teams were reduced to ten players for a while but no goal was scored until the 61st minute when V.R. RAGHUNATH scored on penalty-corner, increasing his lead in the top scorers table.
Chile were rewarded of their hard work when Felipe MONTEGU scored on penalty-corner, triggering loud cheers from the crowd, but they will be disappointed to play for the 5th-6th place when they started the competition ranked third.