World Hockey League: India’s Streak Ends As They Lose 3-1

Highlights:

  • Netherlands defeated India by 3-1
  • This was India’s first defeat in the tournament
  • India are through to the last 8 despite the loss

India went down against Netherlands to lose their Pool B match 3-1 in London. India was handed their first loss in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals after a well-drilled Netherlands beat India 3-1 comfortably on the day. India lost their final group match to ensure that Netherlands who are yet undefeated finished on top, seeing India go through in second place to the quarters.

 

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After a dominating win against Pakistan in their third match, the Indian hockey team took on world number four Netherlands in London. Ranked 6th in the world, India was on top in Pool B with three wins from as many games, while the Netherlands were placed second with two wins from two games before the match. This was a crucial match for both the teams as it would ensure who finished as group toppers.

 

Netherlands got off to a blistering quick start as they took the initial lead in the 2nd minute itself. The Netherlands bolstered by their quick goal played free flowing hockey and continued creating chances. They soon doubled their lead from the penalty corner’s rare mistake from Sardar Singh saw India lose possession which resulted in the goal. India was on the mats at the end of the first quarter and needed a heroic effort to overturn the lead and have any chances of winning the match. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be as India failed to have any impact on the match. It was only a matter of time before Pruijser found the back of the net to see the Dutch extended their lead to 3-0.Akashdeep Singh the star of the tournament for India got a consolation goal who eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat after a poor performance on the day.

 

The format of the tournament which sees the first four teams of every pool making the quarterfinals saw Netherlands qualify as the first and India the second team in the Pool B.Canada have finished third in the pool. India will now take on Malaysia in the quarterfinals on June 22nd in London.

 

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