Five-time champions India squandered chances galore to slump to a 2-3 defeat against Great Britain in the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Sunday. Playing a brisk game,India failed to capitalise on several openings created by their strikers,faltering in the final execution on numerous occasion.
After bouncing back from a two-goal deficit to draw parity,India gave it away through a defensive lapse in the 62nd minute when three defenders were beaten on top of the circle by a through ball that Nick Catlin picked up to score Great Britains match-winner. Great Britain earlier scored two goals through penalty corners from Glen Kirkham (28th minute) and Ben Hawes (43rd).
India struck back to score twice in the space of four minutes through a penalty corner conversion from V R Raghunath (55th) and a dazzling deflection by S V Sunil (59th) to make a stunning return to the match. With this win,Great Britain moved into the second position with four points from two matches.
We blew it away: Nobbs
Indias chief coach Michael Nobbs held his wards failure to convert the numerous goal scoring chances as the reason for defeat. We just blew it away. We had the run of play and created the chances,but just did not convert them, said Nobbs. Were playing better and better with every game,but continue to make some mistakes that is proving costly. We had more penetrations than the rivals,and also had more shots at the goal, added the Australian.
Meanwhile,New Zealand posted their third successive victory by prevailing 3-1 over an erratic Pakistan. By virtue of this win,New Zealand not only boosted their points tally to nine but also consolidated their position on top of the standings.
After taking a three-goal lead four minutes into the second session,the Black Sticks had to ward off numerous Pakistani raids from which the Asian champions could score only once. In another match,Facundo Callioni scored a goal in the dying seconds to clinch a 4-3 victory for Argentina over South Korea