Hockey World Cup 2018: India vs Canada - 5 talking points
#4) Canadian defence holds India for one full quarter
The Canadian team was dumbstruck by a goal within the first quarter. They, however, didn't lose hope, and keeping their cool, played in a defensive mode throughout the second quarter, denying India any important breakthrough. They were inspired by teams like France and China, and hoped to make an upset against India.
Some of the team members were also a part of the dream team that had shocked everybody on their route to a silver medal at the hockey event of Youth Olympics 2014, and as such, they were more than raring to go. Led by goalkeeper Antoni Kindler, the Canadian defence worked surprisingly well, denying India even a single goal throughout the second quarter. By the time the half time whistle blared, the score was just 1-0.
It was to the credit of the Canadian defence, that India couldn't score another goal until the final quarter.