2018 Commonwealth Games, India vs New Zealand, hockey semi-final, highlights: IND 2-3 NZL
Get highlights of the semi-final encounter between India and New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games here. The Indian men’s hockey team lost 3-2.other sports Updated: Apr 13, 2018 16:45 IST
The Indian men’s hockey team lost to New Zealand 3-2 in the first semi-final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday. New Zealand took an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter itself and never looked in trouble after that. India did come close to levelling the game on two occasions - once right at the stroke of half-time and once just before the game was set to end. However, a stout New Zealand defence ensured that India could not get back into the game. New Zealand will now play the winner of the second semi-final between hosts Australia and England in the final on Saturday, whilst India will play the loser of the second semi in the bronze medal play-off. Get highlights of the men’s hockey semi-final encounter between India and New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games here. (CWG UPDATES) (MEDAL TALLY) (INDIA AT CWG)
4:45 PM IST: That’s it from our side, thank you so much for joining us. Do join us tomorrow for more CWG 2018 coverage!
4:35 PM IST: That’s it, and there goes India’s hopes of a gold medal in hockey. New Zealand run out 3-2 winners, deservingly so I might add. India will now face the loser of the other semi-final between Australia and England on Saturday in the bronze medal play-off.
4:29 PM IST: GOAL! Harmanpreet Singh has once again scored and the score is now 3-2. Can India take this to a shoot-out?
4:25 PM IST: The final quarter has been largely devoid of any notable action. Five more minutes to go and the game looks set to end in favour of New Zealand.
4:20 PM IST: 10 minutes to go and the game remains 3-1 in favour of New Zealand.
4:15 PM IST: Final quarter is underway. Early goal for India will be key here.
4:13 PM IST: The third quarter comes to a close and New Zealand lead 3-1.
4:10 PM IST: India need a goal in this quarter if they want to make this game competitive again.
4:05 PM IST: GOAL! New Zealand go 3-1 up. Marcus Child finishes from close range and that looks to have put the game to bed.
4:00 PM IST: The third quarter has lacked the spark the previous two possessed. New Zealand still remain content to sit deep and defend.
3:55 PM IST: 13 -odd minutes to go in the third quarter and India still trail by a goal. That’s yet another penalty corner they failed to convert.
3:52 PM IST: India are patiently working towards finding that equaliser. There’s still time for them to win this game without it having to go to a shoot-out.
3:49 PM IST: Third quarter is now underway. Can India fight back?
3:39 PM IST: GOAL! India pull one back at the stroke of half-time courtesy of Harmanpreet Singh! At half-time it is 2-1 in favour of New Zealand.
3:35 PM IST: New Zealand’s plan seemed to be to get early goals and then shut shop. It has worked well for them thus far.
3:32 PM IST: India need to do more to unlock a New Zealand defence that has stood firm thus far. The coach seems ready to ring in the changes. Let’s see if they work out.
3:28 PM IST: New Zealand are slowing the game down when they do have possession. This is smart strategy from them.
3:24 PM IST: India moving forward in numbers in search of a goal. New Zealand wouldn’t mind that, given how lethal they look on the counter.
3:21 PM IST: Second quarter is now underway. India need goals, and quickly.
3:19 PM IST: India trail New Zealand 0-2 at the end of the first quarter.
3:17 PM IST: GOAL! New Zealand have doubled their lead courtesy of Stephen Jenness. This is not looking good for India.
3:15 PM IST: Sreejesh called into action and he denies New Zealand a second goal with a good save.
3:13 PM IST: Five minutes to go in the first quarter and the game remains 1-0 in favour of New Zealand.
3:10 PM IST: GOAL! New Zealand take the lead. Hugo Inglis fires a shot past Sreejesh from close range. This goal is, admittedly, against the run of play. All to do for India now.
3:07 PM IST: CHANCE! India win a penalty corner but the shot is blocked and New Zealand escape unscathed.
3:04 PM IST: First clear-cut chance of the game goes to India from a swift counter-attack but it amounts to nothing.
3:02 PM IST: The referee blows his whistle and the first quarter of the game is underway!
2:55 PM IST: India have not performed as well as they can, according to coach Sjoerd Marijne. But the team has gotten results and that’s what matters. Can they do the same today?
2:40 PM IST: 20 minutes to go and the Indian men’s hockey team will be feeling the nerves, no doubt. A win today guarantees a medal for the side.
2:30 PM IST: Hello and welcome to live updates of the men’s hockey semi-final between India and New Zealand!
India come into the match against lower ranked New Zealand brimming with confidence having beaten England 4-3 in the last Pool match with the equaliser and the winner coming in the last two minutes.
India haven’t been at their best throughout the tournament but they have gotten the desired results, something they shall aim to do once again in this must-win game.