India will clash against Canada in their last match of the pool at the Kalinga Stadium here on Saturday in the Hockey World Cup. He has won one of the first two, while playing a draw. In such a situation, he will be defeating Canada and reaching the quarter-finals.
According to the World Cup format, the team at the top of the pool will reach the quarter-finals directly. On the other hand, teams staying in second and third place will play cross-over matches. The team that won the crossover match will face the team of the second pool, which has already reached the quarter-finals.
There are 38 contests between India and Canada so far. Out of this India has played 26 wins, eight losses and four draws. The Indian team got the last defeat against Canada in the World Cup qualifier in June last year. Then, Canada beat India 3-2. By the way, India and Canada have four wins in the World Cup. Both have won twice or twice. India defeated Canada in the 1986 and 1990 World Cup. Canada won in 1978 and 1998.
Talking about the overall match between the two teams, India has defeated Canada three times by four goals. His biggest win on Canada is 7-3. It was found in Perth in 1979. Canada’s biggest victory over India is 4-1 in the 1998 World Cup. The descendants of three Canadian players are Indians. Midfielder Balraj Panesar and Sukhhi Panesar are both brothers while Keegan Perera was born in Mumbai.
In this World Cup, Olympic champions Argentina and Pool B have made the world number one team in the Australia Quarter final by Pool A. The top teams of Pool C and Pool D are yet to decide. In Pool C, India are at the top with four points in two matches. World number three team Belgium also has four points in two matches, but it is second behind in the goal average.
To win top position in the pool, it is important to win both India and Belgium. However, Belgium will need to win bigger wins than India. If both teams have an equal number, then the ranking of the pool will be fixed based on the goal average. India scored seven goals in two matches and scored two goals. Belgian scored four goals and scored three goals. India’s goal is average +5 and Belgium’s +1. Without such a big win, Belgium’s work will not work.
The first match in the pool will be from Belgium and South Africa on Saturday. After this India and Canada teams will clash. The result of Belgium-South Africa match will clear the situation in front of India that what does it have to do in its own match? If Belgium won by four goals against South Africa, India would reach the quarter-finals by defeating Canada by one goal. However, if Belgium won by five, six, seven, eight or nine goals, India would have to beat Canada 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 respectively.
Belgian rival South Africa is ranked 15th in the world ranking. Both the South African and Canada teams have to reach at least third place, so that they can come in a position to play crossover matches. Both Canada and South Africa are 1-1 in 2-2 matches. It will be for them to do it or die. In such a situation, both teams would like to bamboo everything.
India played 2-2 draws from their previous match to Belgium. India had a 2-1 lead for the 56th minute, but the last minute’s weakness led to the victory of India. India is considered to be a strong contender for the win against Canada, but after the reversal of France, senior team of junior World Cup winner Harendra Singh will have to be cautious and have to play a hundred percent game.