Indian Hockey team sans skipper Sardar Singh put in a spirited performance in the 3-2 win over New Zealand in the Semi Finals and stormed into the Finals in which they face the mighty Aussies for the Gold Medal. India came from 0-2 down to win the match 3-2. India conceded the lead and lost a Video referral within the first two minutes courtesy a tap in from Kiwi forward Simon Child. After a quarter of an hour, Nick Haig converted a Penalty Corner and made it 2-0 within the first twenty minutes.
India made forays into the New Zealand half with clear intent to attack as much as possible but the Kiwi defence stood firm and thwarted the attacks. In the 27th minute, Rupinder Pal Singh’s Penalty Corner was blocked by Dean Couzins in front of the goal and that earned the Indians a penalty Stroke. India’s stand-in captain Rupinder successfully converted the stroke and made it 1-2 for India. If not for the Kiwi Goalie Manchester, India would have easily taken the lead before the first half.
Once the second half began, it’s all one way traffic. The Indians completely stamped the authority over the Kiwis. Five minutes into the second half, Ramandeep Singh converted a Manpreet Singh pass into the goal and levelled it before a brilliance from Akashdeep Singh ensured India are safely into the Finals. India had several chances courtesy some amazing runs by VS Sunil in the right flanks.
New Zealand tried their best to score and even fielded a flying goalie but the Indian defence denied their third goal. India will face favourites Australia in the Finals as the Aussies thrashed England 4-1 in the Semi Finals.
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