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Jul 30, 2013 at 03:21pm IST

India blank Russia 10-1 in junior women's hockey WC, reach quarters

New Delhi: India pummeled Russia 10-1 in their last pool match on Tuesday and saw Australia play out a 3-3 draw with New Zealand that helped India move into the quarter-finals of the junior women's hockey world cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

India, who led 5-0 until half-time, pumped in five more in the last 35 minutes to sent Russia packing. It will be India's first appearance in last-eight stage of the junior women's world cup.

The Indian girls scored five goals in each half through a hat-trick by Vandana Kataria (7th minute, 15th, 31st), two goals each from Poonam Rani (22nd, 27th) and Rani (39th, 49th), and a goal apiece from Ritusha Kumani Arya (44th) and Manjit Kaur (69th). The ninth Indian goal came via an own goal in the 66th minute.

India blank Russia 10-1, qualify for quarter-finals

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Anastasia Miroshikova scored the lone goal for Russia in the 36th minute.

India started their campaign with a heavy 1-6 defeat against Australia before coming back with a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the second game. The win over Russia helped India finish the league stage placed second in Pool C with six points, behind Australia who topped with seven.

India will now face Pool D champions in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

With PTI inputs