Ipoh, March 29: India maintained its unbeaten run as it cruised to a 10-0 win over Poland in its final Sultan Azlan Shah Cup group stage encounter.
Five-time India thus maintained their unbeaten streak in the tournament, collecting 13 points from five league matches with the help of four wins and a draw.
Already assured of a summit clash against Korea to be played tomorrow, the Indians scored goals almost at will which left the Polish players in daze.
The last round league matches, thus, have become inconsequential for all the teams but both India and Korea would look to keep their winning momentum intact. However, Korea has an inferior goal difference of five than the Indians, putting India on the upper hand.
With this winning streak, India is currently leading the six-team league table with 10 points and a goal difference of eight.
The Indians put up a stunning attacking display against Poland and had a two-goal lead within the opening seven minutes. Vivek Prasad scored the first one, while Sumit converted Mandeep Singh's pass to make it 2-0. They were 6-0 up at the half time, before adding four more in the remaining 30 minutes to wallop the Polish team in the inconsequential match.
Being a live wire upfront, Mandeep Singh was adjudged as the ‘Man of the Match’. With 7 goals to his credit, he also becomes the highest goal scorer of the tournament so far!
With five titles under their belt, India are the second most successful team in the Azlan Shah Cup behind Australia (10 titles). India's last triumph here came way back in 2010 when they shared the title with Korea after the match was abandoned due to rain. Despite coming here with a mix of senior and junior players, India would be looking to end their eight-year title jinx.