Saturday, April 19, 2014

India lose to Netherlands 1-2 in final practice game

The Indian men’s hockey team waged a grim fight before going 1-2 to the Netherlands in their fifth and final practice game.

The Blueshirts made a bright start against their much formidable opponents scoring the opening goal in the second minute as drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty corner.

The Dutch rebounded in the second half and levelled things up in the 46th minute when Micro Pruyser rattled the Indian cage. India managed to hold on the slender lead till the half-time break.

As the match drew to a close, India were in sight of a famous draw against the Dutch, but Tristan Alegra played the spoiler producing the match-clincher with three minutes remaining for the final hooter.

Earlier, India fought valiantly before losing 2-4 to the Netherlands in their fourth practice game. India had lost to Belgium 1-2 in their third practice game.
The Sardar Singh-led side had played out a 3-3 draw with Dutch club HGC in their second practice game and clobbered Leiden Hockey Club 7-0 in their opening practice game.
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