India vs Netherlands, FIH Hockey World League Semifinal, Full Score: NED 3 IND 1
India were handed their first loss in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals after a well-drilled Netherlands beat India 3-1. Netherlands took an imposing 3-0 lead and Akashdeep could only pull one goal back for India .Catch highlights of India vs Netherlands, FIH Hockey World League Semifinal here.Updated: Jun 20, 2017 20:19 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Indian men’s hockey team were beaten 3-1 by Netherlands and were thus pipped to the top spot of Pool B by the Dutchman. Brinkman, Baart and Pruijser scored for Netherlands and Akashdeep scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for India. Get highlights of India vs Netherlands, FIH Hockey World League Semifinal here (PREVIEW)
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19:59 hrs IST: India were doing well in the tournament but Netherlands were favourites for this game and they showed why. India have now lost in this tournament for the first time. The good news is they had already made the quarters and could very well meet Pakistan - who they previously thrashed 7-1 - in the semis.
19:55 hrs IST: And it ends 3-1 to Netherlands!
19:50 hrs IST: Netherlands all set to top Group B now. Their goals in the first half were enough to do the trick.
19:42 hrs IST: Yellow card for Dutch player Croon now!
19:37 hrs IST: And Q3 ends. Netherlands have looked to sit back and defend their lead and so far, it has worked. India have kept possession but done little with it.
19:27 hrs IST: Despite being down to 10 men, India have come closest to scoring. Netherlands are holding firm for the moment.
19:20 hrs IST: Sardar Singh shown a yellow card! He will have to serve a 5-minute suspension.
19:19 hrs IST: And Q3 is now underway!
19:11 hrs IST: The first half was all Netherlands. However, India grew into the game as Q2 went on and were rewarded with a well-taken goal by Akashdeep Singh. Can India keep up this momentum in Q3? They will have to if they want to top the group.
19:10 hrs IST: And India end Q2 on a high. They have pulled one back and a comeback is at least possible over the next two quarters.
19:06 hrs IST: GOAL! India finally pull one back through Akashdeep Singh.
19:04 hrs IST: India have only made a single shot in this game? Netherlands, on the other hand, have had 10 attempts at goal.
19:01 hrs IST: GOAL! Netherlands score again, this time through Pruijser. This is becoming an increasingly one-sided game at this point.
18:58 hrs IST: India are patiently probing at this point but Netherlands are giving away absolutely nothing.
18:53 hrs IST: And we are underway with Q2. India with it all to do and this point.
18:50 hrs IST: At the end of Q1, its Netherlands who are on top. They lead India 2-0.
18:43 hrs IST: GOAL! And Netherlands have doubled their lead from a penalty corner. Baart is the goal-scorer this time.
18:42 hrs IST: India growing into the game now. More of the same will be needed in the second quarter if they are to stand a chance of turning the game around.
18:37 hrs IST : India are looking to get back into the game but this is a well-drilled Netherlands side and they have been on top of the game so far.
18:32 hrs IST: GOAL! Netherlands have started well and they already have a goal to show for their efforts as Brinkman converted a good chance.
18:30 hrs IST: And we are underway!
18:15 hrs IST: We are only minutes away from the game beginning. India are currently first in Pool B and Netherlands are just behind them in second place, meaning this is a high-stakes game for both teams.
While beating Scotland 4-1 and Canada 3-0 fueled India’s start at the tournament, it was the 7-1 win against Pakistan on Sunday that brought jubilation back home among the Indian hockey fans.
The Netherlands, on the other hand, will take on India after notching comprehensive victories against Pakistan (4-0) and Scotland (3-0).
India previously played The Netherlands at the 2016 Rio Olympics where they narrowly lost to the Dutch 1-2.
First Published: Jun 20, 2017 16:39 IST