India are making their way to the final 16 of the tournament! The men in blues delivered a five-star performance to put five across Canada and maintained their unbeaten run in the tournament in their final Pool C match of the men’s hockey World Cup on Saturday.Also Read - India vs South Africa Semi-final Highlights, CWG 2022: IND Beat RSA 3-0 To Enter Final
Hosts India would look to seal a direct quarterfinal berth with a win against Canada in their final Pool C match of the men’s hockey World Cup on Saturday. World number 5 India are currently leading Pool C with four points from two games ahead of Olympic silver medallist Belgium (4 points) on account of a better goal difference. The Indians have a goal difference of + 5 as against Belgium’s +1. Also Read - India vs Wales Hockey, CWG 2022 Highlights: Harmanpreet's Hat-trick Powers IND To 4-1 Win Over Wales
Both Canada and South Africa have one point each from two matches but the North Americans are placed third with a goal difference of -1 as against South Africa’s -5. India thrashed South Africa 5-0 and drew 2-2 against Belgium in their earlier matches, while Canada lost 1-2 against the Red Lions before eking out a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the Africans. Also Read - Highlights India vs Canada Men's Hockey Commonwealth Games 2022: India Blank Canada 8-0
While India are placed at an advantageous position at present, the pool is still wide open. The hosts would not want to leave anything on chance and they would seek a comprehensive win on Saturday to cement their place atop the pool and directly qualify for the last eight round.
The second and third-placed teams from the pool will play cross-over matches against number 2 and 3 teams of other pools to decide the remaining last four quarterfinal places. Going by records and form, India are hands down favorites to come out victorious against Canada.