- India won 2-1
- They won the series 2-0
- They face Austria next
A young Indian team featuring nine junior team players bossed the field as they took on Netherlands in the second match of the series. Having won the previous match, India went into the match knowing that a win would seal the series for them and help forget the blues against Belgium a few days back. Goals by Gurjant and Manpreet helped India win on the day and with that take the series 2-0.
Led by Manpreet Singh, India took an inexperienced team into the match, but still, beat an experienced Netherlands squad through goals from Gurjant (4th minute) and Mandeep (51).India put pressure on the Netherlands from the opening whistle who were clearly low on confidence from the defeat they had suffered in the first match.
India’s pressure paid off as they won a penalty corner in the fourth minute itself. Varun Kumar attempted the drag flick which was padded away by the Dutch keeper. However, an alert Gurjant was quick to pick up the rebound and work his reverse stick magic to put the ball into the net to score his first international goal for the men’s side. India’s goalkeeper Akash Chikte was in fine form as he made a crucial save in the early second quarter to parry away a well worked Netherlands move. Despite trying time and time again and winning three penalty corners, the Dutch outfit was unable to go past Chikte who was in inspired form. India went on to score from another penalty corner won by Sumit.This time they tried a different variation that worked like magic with striker Mandeep deflecting into the goal to double India’s lead to 2-0.
“I am very happy with the way the entire team performed as one unit especially the players making their debut. They showed no sign of nervousness and played with a lot of confidence,” said Manpreet.