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Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final - Men

Rotterdam, Netherlands - June 13-23, 2013
Local time is 6:05am

India v France

5-8 Placement

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
June 21st, 2013
18 5-8 Placement 2:30pm India IND - FRA France 6 - 2 (3 - 1) Final    x 5    

Match Review

India eased through to Sunday’s fifth place playoff after they ease past the challenge of France despite an initial concession just three minutes into the game.

The skills of Dharamvir Singh and SV Sunil proved vital as they bounced back in style to counteract Hugo Genestet’s initial reverse-stick strike that had put France in front.

Akashdeep Singh’s sharp finish equalised before VR Raghunath made it 2-1 with his third drag-flick of the competition. Sunil then put two goals in the difference by half-time when he raced onto a through ball and finished delightfully.

Three more goals followed in the second half as Dharamvir set up both Sardar Singh and Mandeep Singh to tip in for 5-1 and the latter made it a half dozen from Sunil’s assist.

Guillaume Deront got a consolation on the final whistle after a series of corners but it was too late to see France avoid a date with Ireland for seventh place.

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June 21st, 2013 at 7:36 am India and France are just ready to start their 5th-8th place playoff game in Rotterdam
June 21st, 2013 at 7:39 am Hugo Genestet makes it 1-0 for France after 3 minutes, a smart reverse stick rebound, FRA 1 IND 0
June 21st, 2013 at 7:49 am Akashdeep Singh equalises with a sharp follow-up effort, India and France now 1-1 after 13minutes
June 21st, 2013 at 8:04 am VR Raghunath drags in his third goal of the tournament to make it 2-1 to India against France
June 21st, 2013 at 8:09 am Very nice goal from SV Sunil, racing through, turning his man and lifting it in, India 3 France 1 after 33mins
June 21st, 2013 at 8:12 am A strong comeback from India has seen them recover from an early concession to lead France 3-1 at half time
June 21st, 2013 at 8:29 am Dharamvir Singh's pinpoint cross picks out Sardar Singh who taps in for India's fourth goal, 4-1 v France, 43mins gone
June 21st, 2013 at 8:52 am Sandeep Singh has a drag-flick effort disallowed so it remains 4-1 to India against France after 55mins
June 21st, 2013 at 8:53 am Daramvir again lays on a nice pass for Mandeep Singh this time to make it 5-1 to India
June 21st, 2013 at 8:58 am Mandeep Singh adds another with a volley home from SV Sunil's cross, India 6 France 1, just a minute to go
June 21st, 2013 at 9:04 am Deront pulls one back from France on the final whistle but India are easy winners, 6-2, and they will play Spain for fifth place
IRL v ESP (5-8 Placement) BEL v NZL (Semi-Final)


Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pool A
Belgium  BEL 3 2 1 0 5 7
Australia  AUS 3 2 0 1 7 6
Spain  ESP 3 1 1 1 -1 4
France  FRA 3 0 0 3 -11 0
Pool B
Netherlands  NED 3 2 1 0 7 7
New Zealand  NZL 3 1 2 0 2 5
India  IND 3 0 2 1 -2 2
Ireland  IRL 3 0 1 2 -7 1


Jun 23, 2013
ESP Spain
India IND
NZL New Zealand
Netherlands NED
BEL Belgium
Australia AUS
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