|June 21st, 2013|
|18||5-8 Placement||2:30pm||IND - FRA||6 - 2 (3 - 1)||Final||x 5|
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.
|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|