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India Draws Against Top-Ranked Netherlands in FIH Pro League 2023-24, Misses Out On Shootout Bonus

The Indian hockey team lost 4-2 on penalties to the Netherlands after a 1-1 draw in the FIH Pro League 2023-24 at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela on Wednesday.

Floris Middendorp (4′) opened the scoring for the Netherlands before Hardik Singh (38′) equalized for the home team.

In the clash, Arijit Singh Hundal and Lalit Kumar scored for India, while Jorrit Kroon, Thierry Brinkman, Duko Telgenkamp and Joop de Mol scored for the Netherlands.

India, ranked third in the International Hockey Federation rankings, found itself under pressure at the beginning of the first quarter and became the world number 1. 1 Netherlands were constantly testing India’s backline.

The strategy worked and the Netherlands broke the deadlock at the beginning of the match with Floris Middendorp’s goal from behind the net, giving the home team a 1-0 lead.

With the second remaining in the first period, the visitors could have extended the lead to ten shots but Krishna Pathak made two good saves to keep the score at 1-0.

India had more possession of the ball in the second quarter but could not maintain balance. Mandeep Singh and Amit Rohidas created some challenges but were thwarted by the strong Dutch defence.

In the third quarter, the Indian hockey team continued to play at a fast pace. After not being very successful in the first innings, India had the chance to equalize in the 38th minute thanks to Hardik Singh’s game-changing experience. Hardik Singh took the rebound from the corner and helped India advance to the quarter-finals with a score of 1-1.

After the 15th minute of the match, the Indian team started to put more pressure on the Dutch team and find opportunities. There was no chance of winning, the good defense of the guest team finished the match with a score of 1-1.

The Indian hockey team will face the world number five in Australia in the International Hockey Federation Pro League 2023-24 tournament on Saturday.

India currently sits fourth in the International Hockey Federation Pro League standings with 11 points from six matches. The Netherlands is at the top with 20 points from 10 matches. Australia ranks second with 15 points from five matches.

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