Hockey World Cup: India ‘choke’ towards New Zealand amid excessive drama to exit title race | Hockey Information

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BHUBANESWAR: An Indian staff in utter disbelief choked amid excessive drama on the Hockey World Cup right here, as New Zealand surprised the hosts in sudden-death to maneuver into the quarterfinals and relegate the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist to play the location matches in Rourkela.
Main twice by two objectives — 2-0 first after which 3-1, the Indian defence failed to face up to the strain exerted by New Zealand who beat India at their sport to come back again and finish the 60 minutes at 3-3.
As it happened: India vs New Zealand
The penalty shootout additionally ended 3-3, and the sport entered sudden demise, as the group slowly moved to the sting of their seats and waited with bated breath.
India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh introduced the hosts again single-handedly, saving New Zealand’s final two makes an attempt in common shootout to maintain India within the hunt after which bought injured, however not earlier than saving the primary one-on-one sudden demise try by the Black Sticks’ skipper Nic Woods.

India captain Harmanpreet Singh had the golden alternative to seal the sport, however his poor type did not go away him as he tried to slap the ball quickly after coming into the circle, which was simply saved by the NZ goalkeeper Leon Hayward, who changed Dominic Dixon within the publish for the shootouts.
India then needed to deliver Krishan Pathak within the purpose, however as soon as Sukhjeet Singh missed, the New Zealand gamers got here operating to Hayward to have a good time the largest upset of the World Cup thus far.
Earlier in regulation interval, Lalit Upadhyay (18th minute), Sukhjeet Singh (twenty fifth) and Varun Kumar (forty first) scored for India, whereas New Zealand’s comeback was scripted by Sam Lane (twenty ninth), Kane Russell (forty fourth) and Sean Findlay (fiftieth).

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