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FIH Hockey World Cup 2018: India All set For the Quarters Against the Unbeaten Netherlands

India is all set for an interesting yet difficult World Cup quarterfinal clash against the Netherlands in the Men’s Hockey World Cup at Bhubaneshwar in Odisha on Thursday, 13 December.

India last played Netherlands at the Hockey Champions Trophy in June this year. India eked out a 1-1 draw to the enter the finals but ultimately lost to Australia in the penalties.

India Vs Netherlands Head to Head in World Cups

India has a dismal record against the three-time World Champion Dutch side in the World cup games. The two teams have played 6 World cup matches against one another but India hasn’t won any of them.

  • India first played the Netherlands in the 1973 World Cup finals. At the end of the regulation time, the scores were tied 2-2 but the Dutch team bounced back in the penalties winning by a margin of 4-2 and also clinching the World Cup for the very first time.
  • India was up against the Netherlands in the 1982 World Cup played in Bombay ( now Mumbai). In the pool B match, India lost by 4-3. Ultimately, Pakistan went on to win the World Cup beating West Germany by a huge margin of 11-1.
  • In 1990 World Cup held in Lahore, Pakistan, the orange side again defeated the blue army 5-3. The Netherlands also went on to win the World Cup for the second time beating the home team 3-1.
  • The Netherlands won the World Cup for the third time on their home soil in 1998 beating Spain 3-2. In their journey to their World Cup triumph, they managed to romp India in a pool A match 5-0.
  • India played the Dutch for the fifth time in 2006, Germany. It was a pool B match and the Netherlands won comprehensibly by a margin of 6-1.

Challenge for India

The Dutch side beat Canada comprehensibly 5-0 in the crossover game. However, the world No. 4 Netherlands didn’t quite play to their full potential, failing to convert any of their four penalty corners as well as a penalty stroke. India could definitely exploit the opportunities but the orange side will be a tough nut to crack.

“We believe in attacking hockey, just like The Netherlands. The team which cashes in on opportunity will be the winner. We have played them before, and the advantage they have over us is that they have more experience. They have been playing together for many years, while we are a young team,” said India forward Simranjeet Singh.

Indian captain Manpreet Singh said that the team can’t afford to miss its chances. “We can’t afford to miss chances anymore, and converting chances will be the key. At this stage of the tournament, it’s very risky to give opponents any chances or easy penalty corners,” Manpreet said.

The young Indian side will look to turn things around by beating the Netherlands and rewrite the history books.

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Gaurav Kadam
Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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