- India won 4-3
- Singh scored a brace
- This was their first win of their tour
India men’s hockey team finally came good to claim the first victory of their European tour with a 4-3 win over Netherlands in Waalwijk. A brace by Manpreet Singh (30th and 44th minutes), Varun Kumar’s 17th minute goal and Harjeet Singh’s 49th minute strike helped India edge past Netherlands. The win comes as a huge boost to the Indian contingent who had earlier lost both their matched against Belgium in Boom.
India made an impressive start as Ramandeep Singh failed to convert a glorious opportunity. Netherlands made the most of this missed opportunity as they took the lead in the 5th minute after winning a penalty corner. India came back into the game with a penalty corner of their own which was emphatically converted by Junior World Cup hero Varun Kumar. India went on to control the first half, controlling possession and creating a host of chances to head into the break with a lead of one goal.
The third quarter was the most intense and the best of the game as both teams gave it their all to push for victory. A brilliant save by the Dutch shot stopper to a Manpreet Singh shot galvanised Netherlands who won back to back penalty corners, conceded by a jittery Indian back line. However India defended well and Singh soon scored a third for India. India counter-attacked beautifully and the fourth ranked Netherlands had no answer to their attacking style of play. Despite ob de Voogd scoring two goals later on, India had sealed the match to take it 4-3.
India will go against Netherlands again on Monday in Amstelveen before concluding their tour against Austria on Wednesday.