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1st Hockey Test: Clinical India blank France

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Last updated on: August 04, 2015 11:47 IST
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Chinglensana Singh

India’s Chinglensana Singh in action. Photograph: Hockey India/Facebook

Talented Chinglensana Singh and seasoned S V Sunil scored a goal each as the Indian men's hockey team started their tour of Europe with a 2-0 victory over hosts France on Monday.

The Sardar Singh-led team dominated the proceedings throughout.

They drew first blood in the 18th minute (third minute of the second quarter) when the opportunistic Chinglensana capitalised on a defensive lapse, entered the 'D' and found the back of the net with a powerful hit.

The Indians increased the pressure on the home side with repeated raids in the third quarter which resulted in the second goal.

Sardar, S K Uthappa, Danish Mujtaba and Devinder Walmiki were instrumental in India enjoying the better of exchanges and ball possession.

Sunil, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh kept the French defence on tenterhooks throughout the second quarter.

The highly skillful Sunil scored a brilliant field goal as he did the spadework dribbling past a host of French defenders before slotting the ball home in the 26th minute (11th minute of second quarter).

India will play their second and last match against France on Wednesday at the Wattigies Sports Centre.

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