New Delhi: By design or by accident, India are playing France Sunday in a match that matters the most in the men's hockey qualifiers here for the 2012 London Olympics. Psychologically, the hosts will be going into the final in a happy frame of mind, having swamped the French 6-2 in the round-robin.
India, eight times Olympic gold medallists, suffered a heart-break in 2008 when they lost to Great Britain in the final round of the Beijing Games qualifiers held in Santiago, Chile, and missed playing in the Olympics for the first time in eight decades.
This time the players look determined and have played exceptionally well in all the five league games to emerge the only team to remain unbeaten with 15 points. They have been the dominating force and have pumped in 36 goals conceding eight.