Champions Trophy 2016: India upsets Great Britain
India defeated Great Britain by 2-1 in the second match of the 2016 Champions Trophy tournament held in London on Saturday. It was an excellent display by Indian defenders who played brilliantly well to held the nerves and earn their first victory.
In the first quarter, Great Britain got off to a good start by earning the first penalty corner in the 2nd minute but missed a chance. In the 2.12 minute, Great Britain earned another penalty corner and could not convert the chance into a goal. In 3rd minute, Great Britain created another good attack but was well saved by P Sreejesh. In the 11th minute, India missed a golden chance to score. Great Britain continued to attack as Sreejesh made excellent saves. At the end of first quarter, the score was 0-0.
The second quarter began off to a great as Great Britain had a chance but the Indian defenders stuck to the guns and after that Indian team made a counter attack as Mandeep Singh in the 12th minute scored to give India 1-0 lead. Great Britain attacked the Indian team but the Indian defense held their nerves. At the end of 2nd quarter, India led 1-0.
In the 3rd quarter, India earned their first penalty corner in the 1st minute but missed the chance of scoring a goal. In the 3rd minute, India got another chance as Sreejesh collided with Dan Fox. In the 5th minute, India earned back to back penalty corners. The second penalty corner was awarded a penalty stroke and Harmanpreet Singh converted the penalty stroke into a goal to give India 2-0 lead. In the next minute, England earned their penalty corner and Ashley Jackson converted to reduce the gap to 1-2. England attacked more but could not convert chances into goals. At the end of 3rd quarter, India led 2-1.
In the 4th quarter, in the 4th minute, Akashdeep Singh missed a chance of scoring a goal. Great Britain tried to find the equalizer. In the 12th minute, Great Britain earned another penalty corner but was well saved by P Sreejesh. In the dying minutes, GB asked for a review. At the end of fourth quarter, India won the match by 2-1.
With this win, India goes to the top of points table with four points. India will play their next match on 13th against Belgium.
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