Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights, India vs South Africa: India beat SA 5-0
Hockey World Cup 2018 as it happened: A spirited Indian side brushed aside South Africa 5-0 in the first match of the Hockey World Cup.
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India take down South Africa 5-0 in their Hockey World Cup 2018 opener at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The two teams are placed in Group C alongside Belgium and Canada.
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Simranjeet bags Man of the Match award
Simranjeet Singh is named the Man of the Match for scoring two goals in India’s 5-0 victory over South Africa in their first Hockey World Cup match.
India beat South Africa 5-0
India take down South Africa 5-0 in their Hockey World Cup 2018 opener at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The two teams are placed in Group C alongside Belgium and Canada. Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh (two goals) and Lalit Upadhyay found the back of the net for India. The South Africans reached the Indian goal only on a few occasions.
SA’s goalkeeper saves Nilakanta’s shot
Nilakanta Sharma strikes one hard towards the goal. The South African goalkeeper manages to get to the ball and kick it away. India lead 5-0 with 10 minutes remaining on the clock.
Simranjeet nets India’s fifth goal
Simranjeet Singh taps in another goal for India. Manpreet takes the penalty corner, a few Indian players toss the ball among themselves, until Simranjeet is in the perfect position to collect the ball and score the fifth goal for India.
Lalit scores India’s fourth goal
And another goal for India! There’s no breathing space for South Africa. Akashdeep send the ball into the goal area where Lalit guides the ball into the goal. India lead 4-0 at the end of the third quarter.
45' GOAL! @akashdeeps985's comes into play as he delivers a deep ball into the circle with just power on it speed for @lalithockey to deflect into the goal.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018
IND 4-0 RSA#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #INDvRSA pic.twitter.com/Rl0UC2bksu
Simranjeet scores for India!
Mandeep Singh takes the ball on the right flank and produces a great cross. Simranjeet just taps the ball into the goal to make it 3-0 for India.
43' GOAL! @mandeepsingh995's quick run and cross into the circle are perfectly timed for Simranjeet to finish. India lead by 3!— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018
IND 3-0 RSA#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #INDvRSA pic.twitter.com/sVFlcZYJqa
South Africa try long balls
The South Africans are trying long balls in the third quarter. They are able to get the ball into India’s goal area but have still not scored.
Dhanraj Pillay talks about Akashdeep’s goal
India’s hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay talks about Akashdeep Singh’s goal as India continue to put pressure on the South African goal in the third quarter. Sumit earns a penalty corner for India, but the hosts are not able to make the most of the opportunity. India lead 2-0 after 36 minutes.
The Legend Dhanraj Pillay takes us through India’s second goal by @akashdeeps985, giving a big thumbs up to the variation at the opening match of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 against @SA_Hockey.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #INDvRSA pic.twitter.com/5CY8xD3i5h— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018
India lead 2-0 at half-time
The South Africans play out a much better quarter, but the Indians have been relentless in this match. They have had a chance to score in every three minutes. However, the visitors have defended with a lot of heart and also got close to scoring a goal on a couple of occasions.
Nilakanta takes a shot
Nilakanta Sharma receives the ball in the centre, plays 1-2 with a teammate and then takes a shot. The South Africans manage to defend it and the score remains 2-0 in India’s favour.
PR Sreejesh in action
The South Africans try to find the back of the net, but PR Sreejesh moves up and swats the ball away. The Indians take the ball towards their opposition’s goal yet again. The men in blue keep the pressure on.
Close shaves for India
India are continuing to put pressure on the South African goal. The forwards and midfielders are mostly trying to attack through the right flank. The hosts lead 2-0 at the end of the 21st minute.
India lead 2-0 at the end of first quarter
The South Africans made a few inroads through the Indian half, but to no avail. The Indians are clearly on top at the end of the first half. Mandeep and Akashdeep have put India 2-0 up at the end of the first quarter.
Akashdeep nets India’s second goal
It’s raining goals here at the Kalinga Stadium. Akashdeep collects the ball on the right flank and drives the ball into the goal with ease. This is too easy for the Indians. The South Africans have hardly penetrated through the Indian half.
12' GOAL! @akashdeeps985 makes it two in favour of India as he uses his poacher's instinct to get to the ball first in a crowded circle and finishes with class.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018
IND 2-0 RSA#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #INDvRSA pic.twitter.com/n4i30PfVnu
Mandeep Singh scores for India!
Harmanpreet Singh tries to convert a penalty corner, but the goal-keeper saves it brilliantly. But, Mandeep Singh controls the ball and strikes it into the goal. India lead 1-0!
9' GOAL! @mandeepsingh995 gets India off to a great start as he slams in the rebound from @13harmanpreet's set-piece flick.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018
IND 1-0 RSA#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #INDvRSA pic.twitter.com/n0xSoh2ChD
Lalit goes close to the goal
The Indians are on the attack! Lalit Upadhyay takes the ball close to the goal, but falters just near the post. The Indian forwards are playing with good coordination.
India’s Starting XI
Here’s a look at India’s starting XI for thei first match against South Africa. The hosts are going with a 4-3-4 formation.
Here’s the Starting XI of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team who will begin their campaign at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 against South Africa on 28th November 2018.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/ylYCOpoISP— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018
India vs South Africa underway
The men in blue are on their way in the Hockey World Cup. Can they get the better of the South Africans? Follow all the updates here.
2' CHANCE! Team India seems lively from the start as @manpreetpawar07 crafts an opportunity for a waiting @mandeepsingh995 in the circle, but the ball has too much power on it for an effective trap.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018
IND 0-0 RSA#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #INDvRSA
India vs South Africa set to begin
The Indian hockey team is set to begin their Hockey World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Kalinga Stadium at 7 pm.
Belgium beat Canada 2-1
Belgium take down Canada 2-1 in the first match of the Hockey World Cup. Felix Denayer and Thomas Briels scored for Belgium, while Mark Pearson found the back of the net for Canada.
Mark Pearson scores for Canada
Mark Pearson scores the first goal for Canada! There’s just four minutes remaining on the clock. Can they draw the match against Belgium? The Belgians lead 2-1.
Odisha CM thanks Shah Rukh for his encouragement
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik thanks Shah Rukh Khan for the encouragement and the love he showered on the hockey fans and Odisha. The bollywood star put up a great show at the opening ceremony on Tuesday.
The entire nation enjoyed your participation and support @iamsrk ji, as much as I did. Thank you for your encouragement to the teams and the love you showered on the hockey fans & on #Odisha too. #OdishaHockeyWCInauguration https://t.co/tZgmsITfqP— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) November 28, 2018
Felix Denayer scores first Hockey World Cup goal
Belgium’s Felix Denayer scores the first goal of this edition of the Hockey World Cup against Canada. The Belgians lead 2-0 at the end of the first half.
Rahane sends best wishes for team India
India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane sent his best wishes for the Indian hockey team ahead of their first World Cup match. The middle-order batsman is currently getting ready for the four-match Test series against Australia.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the Hockey World Cup 2018 match between India and South Africa. The hosts will look to get off to a winning start in the tournament against the top-ranked African side in the world.