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Gonzalo stars in Lancers’ victory

Bhubaneswar: Gonzalo Peillat scored a double to guide debutants Kalinga Lancers to a stunning 4-1 victory over holders Ranchi Rhinos in a league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HIL), here on Friday.

They might be out of the semi-final race, but the Lancers gave the defending champions a jolt before the business end of the tournament.

They pumped in three goals in the first half and sounded the board again just at the stroke of the hooter to register the comfortable win.

It was Lancers’ penultimate match in this year’s HIL and they played like true champions without any pressure.

After a sedate first quarter, the Lancers scored three goals in the second quarter to take a sizeable 3-0 lead. The Lancers first scored from a field effort through Aron Zalewski before Devinder Walmiki and Peillat scored from penalty corners to go into the breather leading 3-0.

After the change of ends, the Rhinos reduced the margin through Pradhan Somanna. But Peillat scored a field goal just seconds from the final hooter to hand the Lancers a commanding victory over the Ranchi outfit.

The Orissa side had lost 2-3 in their previous encounter this year.      

Today’s matches

In Mumbai: Mumbai Magicians vs Punjab Warriors
In Lucknow: UP Wizards vs Delhi Waveriders 

(PTI)