World Hockey League finals: India lose to Netherlands in their last league match
India loses to Netherlands in their last league match at the World Hockey League finals at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai International stadium, Raipur just a few moments ago. It was a disappointing performance by the Indian team who missed so many chances of scoring a goal.
In the first quarter, Netherlands began off to a positive start. In the 2nd minute, a shot was hit but was well defended by Rupinder Pal Singh. In the next minute, India got a chance but Talwinder was not intercepted in the “D”. In the 7th minute, Netherlands missed another chance of scoring a goal. In the 9th minute, Akashdeep missed a chance of scoring a goal in the “D”. In the 11th minute, a shot of Akashdeep was well saved by Netherlands goalkeeper. In the 12th minute, Netherlands player hit a shot but was well saved by P Sreejesh. In the last 15 seconds, Netherlands missed another chance of scoring a goal as the shot went over the goal post. At the end of first half the scores were 0-0.
In the second quarter, India started well as the shot from Manpreet Singh went over the goal post. Netherlands put enough pressure on the Indian defense. In the 8th minute, Netherlands missed a chance of scoring a goal. In the next minute, Netherlands missed another chance of scoring a goal. In the 12th minute, Netherlands forward player hit a shot but the player in the “D” deflected the shot wide of the goal post. At the end of the 2nd quarter, the scores were still 0-0.
In the 3rd quarter, India began off to a positive start but was not able to convert chances into goals. Netherlands earned their first penalty corner of the game in the 6th minute and Weerden converted penalty corner into a goal to give Netherlands a 1-0 lead. India missed another chance of scoring a goal when Sardar Singh pass to Akashdeep Singh was not able to intercept. In the 13th minute, Prusjier produced an excellent field goal to give Netherlands a 2-0 lead. At the end of 3rd quarter, Netherlands led 2-0.
In the 4th quarter, India began positively by earning their first penalty corner in the 2nd. Rupinder Pal Singh hit a shot as it defended from Netherlands defender and Chingslena scored a goal to reduce the gap to 1-2. In the 6th minute, a shot was hit but Talwander was not able to intercept. In the 9th minute, Bovendeert hit a powerful shot inside the “D” to give Netherlands a 3-1 lead. In the 10th minute, Rupinder Pal Singh hit a shot but Danish Mustafa deflected the shot deflected wide of the goal post. In the next minute, Akashdeep played an excellent run but it was well saved by the Netherlands goalkeeper Stockmann who dived and made an excellent stop. At the end of the 4th quarter, Netherlands won this match by 3-1.
With this loss India is placed at the bottom of the points table and will face table topper of Group A.
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