FIH Hockey Professional League: Resilient Indian males maintain Netherlands 2-2; lose 4-1 in shoot-out  

Rotterdam: Harmanpreet Singh transformed a penalty nook within the ultimate seconds of the match to assist a resilient India battle again and maintain the Netherlands to a 2-2 draw within the FIH Hockey Professional League. Nevertheless, the hosts picked a bonus level from a 4-1 shootout win with their skilled goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak conserving the Indian attackers at bay.

Dilpreet Singh (22 min) had equalised for India after Reyenga Tijmen had given the Hetherlands the lead within the tenth minute. Bijen Koen in appeared to have sealed the victory for the hosts because the clock wound down however Harmanpreet scored within the ultimate seconds of the match performed on Saturday.

Within the shoot-out, the Netherlands scored amongst others by way of Bijen Koen, and Jonas De Geus whereas Harmanpreet Singh and Abhishek failed of their makes an attempt for India. Vivek Sagar Prasad scored the one aim for India within the shoot-out.

The defeat of their penultimate matchof the league fetched India one level whereas the Netherlands jumped as much as the highest place within the desk with the 2 factors bagged within the shoot-out win. The 2 factors took the Netherlands tally to 33 factors, one level forward of World and Olympic Champions Belgium (32). The Netherlands nonetheless have three extra matches in hand and thus look in an excellent place to win the title. India are third within the standings with 30 factors from 13 matches.

The Olympic bronze medallists will meet the Netherlands of their final league match on Sunday and can be hoping to win it and consolidate their place within the standings.

Earlier within the sport, the Netherlands backed by a boisterous dwelling crowd obtained off to a flying begin creating two glorious photographs on aim inside two minutes of the beginning of the match. However fortunately for India, each photographs have been off beam.

Across the fifth minute, India launched an bold assault by Hardik Singh, who minimize into the circle from the highest, trying to take a shot on aim however the Dutch goalie Pirmin Blaak cleared the ball.

It was, nonetheless, the Netherlands who fetched the primary aim of the match when Derck de Vilder beat Indian defender Varun Kumar to seek out Tijmen Reyenga. With no defender close to him, Reyenga (tenth min) took his time to take a profitable shot previous skilled India custodian Sreejesh to take a 1-0 lead.

Solely seconds later, India fought again with Mandeep Singh making a nice alternative with a tactically earned PC.

Whereas Harmanpreet Singh’s first shot was blocked, and a retake was awarded, a aim by Mandeep Singh off a rebound from the drag-flick within the second try was disallowed by the umpire on account of harmful play.

It continued to be an action-packed first quarter with India constructing on the depth of their assault. This time, it was Abhishek difficult Blaak on the aim put up, leading to a PC however Jugraj Singh’s flick was well-defended properly by Blaak.

With the Netherlands main 1-0, Sreejesh’s impressed type was put to check as soon as once more within the second quarter when the hosts attacked the Indian put up with back-to-back photographs on aim by teenager Koen Bijen and Jorrit Croon, however an alert Sreejesh stored them at bay.

In the meantime, Indian attackers broke the impasse when a free-hit taken by Varun Kumar was cleverly handed to Dilpreet Singh, positioned completely contained in the circle who simply angled the deflection into the Netherlands’ put up. With the scores levelled, India mounted stress within the Dutch half however couldn’t rating from it.

Seven minutes into the third quarter, Jasper Brinkman labored an excellent assault to assist his workforce win a PC. However the drag-flick was properly defended by Sreejesh.

A re-take awarded for harmful play gave the hosts one other likelihood at regaining the lead however a mix-up within the execution denied them an opportunity on aim. India too received a PC later within the third quarter by good stick work by Hardik however poor execution of the set-piece denied India an opportunity at taking the 2-1 lead.

With each groups tied at 1-1, the ultimate quarter promised to be nail-biting with a fast-paced sport being performed out.

The Netherlands finally managed to strike within the forty seventh minute when an excellent help by Stejin van Heijningen was picked up properly by Koen Bijen who beat defender Surender Kumar to attain a splendid area aim for the Dutch, taking the scoreline to 2-1. India, not the workforce to surrender until the ultimate hooter, got here up with some thrilling play as they pushed the ante of their assault.

After some unsuccessful strikes, and time rapidly ticking away, Vivek Sagar Prasad created a much-needed likelihood for India with simply two seconds left for the ultimate hooter.

The PC was completely executed with Harmanpreet, the very best goal-scorer of the Professional League, scoring on the buzzer to take the match into the shootout.


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