India will now need to defeat New Zealand in a crossover game on Sunday in order to advance to the quarterfinals because Wales proved to be much tougher than India anticipated.
India defeated Wales 4-2 in their final Pool D match, but they must now advance to the crossover stage to learn whether they will play in the quarterfinals. Shamsher and Harmanpreet both scored, and Akashdeep scored twice.
India overcame Wales 4-2 on Thursday in Bhubaneshwar in their Pool D match thanks to two goals from Akashdeep Singh.
In the third quarter, India survived an assault by the Welsh team and scored as well thanks to Shamsher and Harmanpreet Singh. India will now enter the crossover stage in an attempt to secure a spot in the quarterfinals, but the victory was insufficient.
India seized the lead five minutes later through Shamsher, who took advantage of a careless clearing from Wales from an Indian PC. With his shot, the youngster made no errors and handed the hosts the lead.
In the 32nd minute, Akashdeep Singh extended India’s lead to start the third quarter on the right foot. Before completing the move, the India midfielder performed a one-two with Mandeep.
A few minutes later, Draper changed the game’s outcome when another PC assisted them in making it 2-2. Sreejesh blocked the original shot, but Draper took advantage and beat the Indian goalkeeper.
When Akashdeep made a terrific run into the box and scored in the 46th second to make it 3-2, India got the ball rolling in the fourth quarter.
As India received a PC, Wales had reduced to 10 men and removed their goalkeeper. This time, Harmanpreet scored in the 59th minute to make it 4-2 and give India the victory.
In order to secure a spot in the quarterfinals, the hosts will now move on to the crossover stage.