FIH Men's Hockey5s World Cup 2024: India Beat Switzerland 9-1 But Down To Egypt 6-8

India will next take on Jamaica in their third and final Pool B match on Monday. 16 teams from five different confederations are taking part in the inaugural World Cup in the shorter version of field hockey


India Men's National Hockey Team in action during the match against Switzerland in FIH Men's Hockey5s World Cup on January 28, Sunday Photo: X/@TheHockeyIndia

India opened their campaign with a brilliant 9-1 victory against Switzerland but lost 6-8 to Egypt in their Pool B matches at Hockey5s men's World Cup on Sunday. (More Hockey News

India's opening match against Switzerland commenced with both teams aggressively attacking from the start. After numerous close attempts by both sides, Mohammed Raheel (6') of India broke the deadlock with a powerful shot, putting his team in the lead.

Mandeep Mor (11') doubled India's advantage by finding the back of the net. Raheel (12') then scored his second goal, strengthening India's position. Just before halftime, Mor (15') scored again, making it 4-0 in favour of India.


In the second half, India shifted focus to ball possession to thwart Switzerland's comeback attempts while maintaining an intense offensive strategy.

The tactic proved successful as India not only held Switzerland but also saw Maninder Singh (19', 22', 26', 28') scoring four quick goals. Also, Raheel (28') completed his hat-trick, further extending India's lead.

Switzerland managed to pull one back through captain Gael Wyss-Chodat (24'). However, it didn't make much of a difference as the match concluded with a dominating 9-1 victory for India.

In their second match of the day against Egypt, India took an early lead courtesy of a solid field goal by Pawan Rajbhar (3'), but Egypt quickly bounced back in the game as Hossameldin Ragab (5’, 9’) netted two goals, while Ahmed Elganaini (7’) and Amr Sayed (12’) also scored a goal each to put their team ahead.


With the scoreline not in their favour, India increased their frequency of attacks, following which Mohammed Raheel (14’) scored a challenging goal to reduce India’s deficit.

However, Ahmed Elnaggar (15’, 19’) scored a brace, while Amr Sayed (18’) and Ahmed Elganaini (25’) netted their second goals of the match to extend Egypt’s lead.

For India, Pawan Rajbhar (21’, 29’) netted two more goals to complete his hat-trick, while Uttam Singh (25’), and Manjeet (30’) also scored a goal each, but that didn’t help India’s cause as Egypt won the match 8-6.

India will next take on Jamaica in their third and final group match on Monday.