Hockey: Indian men thrash Hong Kong 26-0
Jakarta: Indian men's hockey team on Wednesday recorded its biggest ever win in international hockey by annihilating Hong Kong China 26-0 in a Pool B match of the Asian Games here.
The huge gulf between the two sides was evident as India bettered its 86-year-old record when it defeated USA with a 24-1 margin in Olympics.
The record for biggest win in international hockey remains with New Zealand, who beat Samoa 36-1 in 1994.
Such was India's dominance of India that with seven minutes to go, India took its goalkeeper off the field.
It was always expected to be a lop-sided affair between world no. 5 India and world no. 45 Hong Kong China.
Rupinderpal Singh (3rd, 5th, 30th, 45th, 59th minutes), Harmanpreet Singh (29th, 52nd, 53rd, 54th) and Akashdeep Singh (2nd, 32nd, 35th) scored a hattrick each, while Manpreet Singh (3rd, 17th), Lalit Upadhayay (17th, 19th), Varun Kumar (23rd, 30th), SV Sunil (7th), Vivek Sagar Prasad (14th), Mandeep Sinhgh (21st), Amit Rohidas (27th), Dilpreet Singh (48th), Chinglensana Singh (51st), Simranjeet Singh (53rd) and Surender Kumar (55th) were the other goal getters for India. India did not show any mercy to their opponents, scoring four goals in the first five minutes of the match.
They ended the first quarter with a comprehensive six-goal lead and made it 14-0 after adding eight in the second quarter.