India junior men’s hockey team loss 2-3 to Netherlands

Madrid, Jun 12 (IANS) | Publish Date: 6/12/2019 12:41:24 PM IST

India’s junior men’s hockey team lost a hard fought game 2-3 to the Netherlands in their group stage encounter at the 8-Nations U-21 Invitational campaign on Tuesday.

In a cagey first quarter, Netherlands snatched the initiative early with Jim van de Venne scoring in the 5th minute. Despite the early setback, India did not drop their game plan and were constantly on the attack looking for an equaliser. The teams went into the break separated by the single goal.The game took off in the second quarter, with both teams attacking with vigour and their defensive qualities being pushed to the brink.  Vishnukant Singh scored the equaliser in the 23rd minute at the end of a brilliant move. Within three minutes though, the Netherlands restored their lead with van de Venne converting a penalty corner to get his second goal. The teams went into half-time with Netherlands leading 2-1. The play started from where it left off, and Derck de Vilder’s goal in the 32nd minute extended Netherlands’ lead and gave them a two-goal cushion.  India, though, did not let their shoulders drop and their play yielded results soon. Koen Bijen picked up a green card in the 36th minute, leaving the Netherlands a player short on the field, and India capitalised on the advantage almost immediately. 
Sudeep Chirmako capped off a superb move to reduce the deficit to one goal in the 37th minute. They attacked with gusto but the Dutch defence stood strong and took home the victory.

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