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Indian Men’s Hockey Team Faces Shootout Defeat Against Netherlands in FIH Pro League Clash

Rourkela: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team experienced a heartbreaking shootout defeat against the Netherlands in their sixth match of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium. The tightly contested game ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time, leading to a shootout where the Netherlands emerged victorious with a 4-2 scoreline.

Hardik Singh (38’) scored the solitary goal for India during regulation time, answering Floris Middendorp’s (4’) early goal for the Netherlands.

In the shootout, Araijeet Singh Hundal and Lalit Kumar managed to find the target for India, while Jorrit Croon, Thierry Brinkman, Duco Telgenkamp, and Joep de Mol successfully converted their chances for the Netherlands.

The Indian Team faced early pressure in the first quarter as the Netherlands aggressively attacked, resulting in Middendorp’s early goal. Despite defensive challenges, Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak made crucial saves, preventing further goals and keeping the score at 1-0 by the end of the first quarter.

India intensified their efforts in the second quarter, creating attacking opportunities through players like Mandeep and Amit Rohidas. However, the Netherlands’ solid defense held firm, and India trailed 1-0 at halftime.

The third quarter saw India making a comeback with Hardik Singh’s brilliant goal, capitalizing on a penalty corner. The teams entered the final quarter tied at 1-1.

In the last 15 minutes, India increased their offensive efforts, earning multiple scoring chances. Despite their determination, the Netherlands defense held strong, leading to a 1-1 score at the end of regulation time.

The Indian team will now gear up to face Australia in their next match on Saturday, aiming to bounce back with a strong performance in the FIH Pro League.

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