Title hopes already shattered, defending champions India even failed to finish on the rostrum as they lost 1-3 to France in the bronze-medal play-off match of the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup right here on Sunday.
France skipper Timothee Clement slammed a hat-trick to stun the hosts as soon as once more and safe the bronze medal.
Clement transformed three penalty corners for France in the twenty sixth, thirty fourth and forty seventh minutes whereas India’s lone aim was struck by Sudeep Chirmako in the forty second minute.
It was the second consecutive flop present from the Indians after their superlative efficiency towards Belgium in the quarterfinals.
The third-fourth place match was an opportunity for India to avenge their 4-5 defeat towards France in their match opener, however it was not to be because the European facet continued to dominate the hosts with an excellent efficiency.
France had been by far the higher facet on the pitch as they managed the proceedings after a sedate first quarter and earned as many as 14 penalty corners as towards India’s simply three.
India began on a shiny be aware and exerted strain on France defence in the primary quarter, which resulted in a penalty nook as early as in the primary minute of the sport, however the hosts failed to utilise the prospect.
The Indians continued to press onerous and got here shut to securing the lead in the twelfth minute when Araijeet Singh Hundal’s shot from high of the circle hit the publish.
France received their footing into the match on the fag finish of the primary quarter after they secured three penalty corners in succession however the Indian defence did simply sufficient to maintain their rivals at bay.
France continued to assault in the second quarter because the Indians performed catch-up hockey.
Three minute into the second quarter, France secured one other penalty nook however once more it went in useless.
India too created a number of probabilities however all these fizzled out contained in the France circle.
France continued to press the Indian defence and in the method earned their fifth penalty nook in the twenty sixth minute which was transformed by Clement with a low drag-flick to the suitable of Indian custodian Prasanth Chauhan.
France continued their attacking sport after the change of ends and secured 5 penalty corners minutes after the beginning of the third quarter, the final of which was transformed by Clement to hand the European facet a 2-0 lead.
Minutes later India earned a penalty nook however Shardanand Tiwari’s flick was deflected vast by the primary rusher.
Seconds later Sudeep’s attempt from shut vary was saved by the France goalkeeper.
In the forty second minute Sudeep gave the host’s a ray hope by decreasing the margin with a subject aim.
But France continued to assault and earned their eleventh penalty nook in the forty seventh minute and as soon as once more Clement was bang on the right track.
France didn’t ease strain on the Indian defence and in the method earned three extra penalty corners however failed to lengthen their lead.
Sudeep received a shiny probability for India minutes later however his contact from Araijeet Singh Hundal’s cross went vast.
India had one other probability to scale back the margin in the type of a penalty nook however vice-captain Sanjay Kumar’s flick was properly defended by France.