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Torneo del Centenario 2023: India & The Netherlands Battle to a 1-1 Draw

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In Torneo del Centenario 2023, the Dutch men’s hockey squad and the India men’s hockey squad played out a 1-1 draw. The Netherlands recently won the FIH Hockey Pro League 2022-23 championship.

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India suffered a defeat to the hosts Spain in their initial match, but they made a strong comeback on Wednesday. In the 12th minute, India’s in-form skipper Harmanpreet Singh netted the only goal, while the Netherlands’ Jasper Brinkman equalized in the 40th.

India gained on early momentum and generated opportunities in the circle, and when their group was awarded a penalty corner, they ultimately took the lead.

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Despite the fact that the Dutch team received the game’s first PC, the flick was pulled wide to the left of the goal. When India received a PC in the 12th minute, they did not make this mistake. Harmanpreet was in top form as he viciously beat the Dutch goalkeeper after receiving a beautiful injection from Hardik Singh. India assumed control after taking a 1-0 lead in the opening frame.

Both teams swapped chances in the second quarter, but none was able to capitalize. Krishan Pathak, who replaced PR Sreejesh, made some outstanding saves. India got back-to-back PCs but was unable to increase their advantage, keeping the Dutch goalie Mauritis Visser busy.

Both teams each won a PC in start of the third quarter. Returning to the post, the seasoned Sreejesh maintained composure in his attempt to prevent the other team from converting a PC, while the equally excellent Visser continued to amaze by preventing India from achieving a second goal. Jasper Brinkman, a seasoned dragflicker, finally broke the deadlock for the Dutch team by brilliantly converting the PC to tie the score.

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Both sides fought for the advantage as the fourth quarter remained tight. They each had several opportunities, but they were unable to capitalize on them.

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