In the FIH Hockey Pro League, the India team allowed the hosts, the Netherlands, to defeat them 1-4 after blowing a one-goal lead. Despite receiving as many as five penalty corners and a penalty stroke, India’s captain Harmanpreet Singh scored the only goal in the 11th minute.
India started off strong in Eindhoven by taking an early 1-0 lead in the first quarter, building on a weekend of back-to-back victories in London.
Despite the fact that it took them some time to get over their first fears and adjust to the game, the Netherlands defender intentionally fouled India’s PC defense in the 11th minute, resulting in a penalty corner for India and a penalty stroke for the Netherlands.
The in-form Harmanpreet had no trouble making the shot, taking a quick lead and raising his own total to an astonishing 17 goals this year.
Pepijn Reyenga scored a beautiful equalizer for the young Netherlands squad in the second quarter, spurred on by a noisy home crowd. India was pushed on the back foot after the equalizer, with the hosts controlling most of the ball.
The Netherlands finally managed a PC in the 40th minute to break the scoreless tie. India was awarded a penalty shot before the final buzzer when the Netherlands’ Pirmin Blaak stopped Harmanpreet’s flick to end the game with a score of 4-1.
Team India had a few PCs come their way at the start of the final quarter under pressure to score but failed to capitalize on them. India will face Argentina on June 8 at 8:40 pm IST.
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