Asia Cup: India beat Indonesia 16-0 to qualify for Super 4s

India scored six goals in the final quarter as they beat hosts Indonesia 16-0. Hockey India

Rising to the occasion, Indian men's hockey team scored six goals in the final quarter as they beat hosts Indonesia 16-0 to qualify to the next round of the Asia Cup.

India needed to win the Pool A contest by at least a 15-0 margin to qualify and the youngsters delivered under pressure.

Both India and Pakistan finished on four points each in the group behind Japan but the defending champions qualified for the Super 4s due to better goal difference (1).

Pakistan had lost 2-3 to Japan earlier in the day and India's massive victory not only pushed Pakistan out of the tournament but also dashed their hopes of making it to the 2023 World Cup, which will take place in India.

Japan, Malaysia and South Korea are the other teams who made it to the Super 4s stage and they also qualified for the World Cup.

Dipsan Tirkey (five goals) and Sudev Belimagga (three goals) shared eight goals between them, playing a key role in team's crucial win.

SV Sunil, Pawan Rajbhar and Karthi Selvam scored a brace each while Uttam Singh and Nilam Sanjeep Xess were the other scorers for India.

With odds stacked against them, India started on an attacking note and had the first shy at the goal in the seventh minute but Uttam Singh, who had only the goalkeeper to beat, couldn't convert the chance.

In the 10th minute, Rajbhar scored the first goal with a powerful shot from top of the circle. He doubled India's lead a minute later through a rebound from the team's first penalty corner.

A minute from the first quarter, India extended their lead through Uttam, who was at the right place at the right time to tap home.

India continued to attack and secured another penalty corner in the 19th minute from which Sunil scored after they recovered from a miss-stop. A minute later, India earned back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which was converted by Nilam Sanjeep Xess to make it 5-0.

In the 24th minute, Sunil deflected in Karthi Selvam's pass from near post to score India's sixth goal.

After the change of ends, Uttam missed yet another chance as she shot wide from close range with only the goalkeeper to beat. Minutes later, India secured their seventh penalty corner but Junius Rumaropen made a double save.

In the 40th minute, Selvam tapped in after he was set by a brilliant Rajbhar, who dodged past three defenders to create the chance. India secured three consecutive penalty corners and Dipsan scored from the last to keep the team's hopes alive. He scored his second from the penalty stroke in the 42nd minute.

Sudev then scored two goals in a span of two minutes before Dipsan completed his hat trick by converting India's 14th penalty corner to make the scoreline 12-0.

India earned a handful of penalty corners thereafter but failed to make it count. Dipsan then converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute before Sudev scored from a rebound from another set piece, five minutes from the hooter.

Desperate for goals, India attacked with numbers and their ploy bore fruit when Karthi Selvam scored a field goal. Dipsan converted two more penalty corners in the final minute of the game to extend India's stay in the tournament.

India will play Japan on May 28 followed by the matches against Malaysia on 29th and South Korea on 31st.