India’s shocking exit from FIH Men’s World Cup after losing to New Zealand
Hosts India made a shock exit from the FIH Men’s World Cup after losing to New Zealand in sudden loss of life of their must-win crossover match in entrance of a relentlessly cheering 15000 residence crowd right here on Sunday.
The loss ended India’s hopes of a Wold Cup medal after 48 years.
Despite vociferous assist from the jampacked Kalinga Stadium crowd, India allowed New Zealand to come again from two-goal deficit within the regulation time because the match ended at 3-3 within the regulation time.
In the penalty shootout, the scores have been additionally tied after the primary 5 set of strikes, and the match was lastly determined by way of sudden loss of life.
Captain Harmanpreet Singh had the golden likelihood to take India to victory in sudden loss of life however he failed to do this as he missed the goal.
Veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made two saves within the shootout to rescue India after they have been 2-3 down. He saved one other one throughout the sudden loss of life and bought himself injured and Krishan Pathak changed him within the subsequent three rounds of strikes.
Finally, Shamsher Singh missed and Sam Lane scored to hand New Zealand the win.
New Zealand will now face defending champions Belgium, who topped Pool B, within the quarterfinals right here on Tuesday.
In the regulation time, India earned as many as 11 penalty corners and transformed two of them whereas New Zealand bought simply two PCs.
Yet once more, it was a case of ample goal-scoring alternatives for India however the forwarrds lacked ending abilities.
India have been on the offensive as quickly because the match started with Mandeep Singh, who began regardless of taking successful on his knee throughout coaching on Saturday, making a wonderful run into the New Zealand circle.
But India doubled the lead quickly with Sukhjeet Singh scoring within the twenty fourth minute, following India’s fourth penalty nook.
Harmanpreet’s drag-flick was palmed away by the New Zealand goalkeeper nevertheless it went up excessive and Sukhjeet was on the proper place on the proper time to volley it in.
New Zealand pulled one again a minute earlier than half time as Sam Lane deflected a Child’s low cross from the left into the Indian purpose.
India have been 2-1 up on the half time.
New Zealand pressed for an equaliser within the third quarter and so they bought into the Indian ‘D’ on a couple of events however the residence aspect swelled its lead by two purpose margin by way of a penalty nook conversion within the forty first minute.
India earned three penalty nook within the third quarters, and scored from the third PC and seventh general with Varun Kumar sounding the board cleanly.
Three minutes later, New Zealand once more lower the deficit to only one purpose with Kane Russell changing a penalty nook.
In the final quarter, New Zealand made a spirited fightback and restored parity within the fiftieth minute following their second penalty nook of the match as Sean Findlay deflected in a Hayden Phillips strike.
Goalkeeper Krishan Pathak saved India from catastrophe as he palmed away a excessive shot from Sam Hiha within the 51st minute.
In the sooner crossover match of the day, Spain beat Malaysia 4-3 in penalty shootout to qualify for the quarterfinals after the 2 sides have been locked 2-2 within the regulation time.
Spain will face title contenders and Pool A toppers Australia within the final eight stage on Tuesday.
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