Defending champs India lose to France

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France captain Timothée Clément produced a stellar performance to help his team seal a sensational victory over title holders and hosts India, edging the hosts in a nine-goal thriller. Skipper Clement (1st, 23rd and 32nd minute) scored a hat-trick, while Benjamin Marque (7th) and Corentin Sellier (48th) were the other goal scorers for France.

For the hosts, Sanjay (15th, 57th, 58th) converted three penalty corners for while Uttam Singh (10th) scored the other goal.

France stunned India in the first minute of the match when a lazy defence of the hosts was caught off guard by Clement. The brave Frenchmen punched above their weight and continued to attack the Indian citadel, which resulted in a second goal through a field strike from Marque.

Down 0-2, a stunned India responded within three minutes and pulled a goal back with a field strike from Uttam.

Pumped up, the defending champions kept up the pressure with a flurry of attacks but the French defence stood tall to thwart them.

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