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HWL Semi Final: India lose 2-3 to Canada, finishes sixth

Inconsistent India had to settle for the sixth place after going down to Canada 2-3 in a fifth-sixth place match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final.
PTI London June 25, 2017 18:29 IST

A misfiring and inconsistent India finished a disappointing sixth in the Hero Hockey World League Semifinals after being stunned 2-3 Canada. It was India's second upset loss against a lower-ranked side in the tournament after having lost to Malaysia in the quarterfinals. 

Gordon Johnston (3rd, 44th minutes) scored two goals while Keegan Pereira (40th) found the net once for the 11th ranked Canadians. For India, Harmanpreet Singh (7th, 22nd) converted two of India's eight penalty corners. 

By virtue of this win, Canada not only finished fifth in the tournament but also qualified for next year's World Cup to be held in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar.

The loss, although, didn't deter sixth-ranked India's qualification to the Hockey World League Final, to be held later this year, and the World Cup as they are already assured of places in both the events being the hosts. 

However, it definitely counts for a morale-shattering outing.