India suffer comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Netherlands

India were outplayed by Netherlands in all departments of the game. Akashdeep Singh was lone goalscorer for the blue sticks as Netherlands overtake India and go top of the group table.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 20, 2017 8:28 pm
india vs netherlands, ind vs ned, india vs netherlands hockey, Netherlands dominated possession for the better part of the match. (Source: AP)

Just a day after their 7-1 win over Pakistan, India were completely outplayed by Netherlands and beaten 3-1 in the Hockey World League semi-final group stage. Netherlands took a lead within the first minutes through Thierry Brinkman. Subsequent goals from  Neth and Pruijser gave them a 3-0 lead in the first half. Akashdeep was the lone goalscorer for India.

The first half was all about India trying to deal with the waves of Dutch attacks coming their way. They couldn’t do much about as was evident from the 3-0 scoreline that was flashing on the screen by the end of the half. India, for their part, were sloppy whenever they had possession. Netherlands never gave them a moments rest and intercepted their passes regularly.

At the end of the first half, Akashdeep Singh received the ball inside the D and took a shot on the turn. It crashed into the chest of the Dutch keeper. But he received the ball again only seconds later. He was cramped for space but somehow chucked the ball in. It was a moment of magic from Akashdeep and India went back to the dugout after the hooter blew seemingly back into the match.

But Netherlands, almost cruelly kept India out in the second half. They made lesser chances and hogged possession. They took advantage of India’s general sloppiness and intercepted passes in those rare moments when India had the ball. There were a few chances for India and those were always seen off by the Dutch defence.

The loss doesn’t really have dire consequences. India are still through to the quarter-finals. They were leading the group table before the match and now are second to Netherlands. It will have a bearing on who they face in the quarters.

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    Kamal Pasha
    Jun 21, 2017 at 2:13 am
    Bad luck for Indian sportsmen during Modi's government.
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      Omar Sadiq
      Jun 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm
      To all the Endian trollers and sore losers.....so, are you also saying that the matches Endia won because of buying matches are also fake and luck??? Its not about luck or anything else but about being modest and taking win or loss in good stride. Unfortunately, you Endians don't do that. YOU Endians are born traitors and are always looking to go to other countries, those very countries which you criticize. USA, Saudi, European countries and literally the whole of Middle East. As soon as the H1B1 visa is subdued by Trump, I have read thousand of comments by YOU people that USA is bad and Trump is bad. Stop being so hypocrite all the time! Yes, YOU Indians might be ahead in all spheres of life but still YOU cannot digest that Pakistan won 1 match from YOU. And that too the Championship final match! Why don't you ENDIANS leave this country and just go drown in the ENDIAN ocean!
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        Omar Sadiq
        Jun 20, 2017 at 8:38 pm
        With all their leagues and paying millions of dollars to its players in almost every sport India seems to be losing left and right. While Pakistan, with NO sports being played on an international level in their country and their sports infrastructure broken because of corrupt politicians, yet they are winning and that too on overseas soil. This just proves that money is not a factor but patriotism is, which Pakistan has a lot of, while we are stuck with empty and pheeku politicians and their policies (demonetization, spreading anarchy in minorities areas and neighborhood countries, having foreigners are our local politicians, trying to unnecessary create tensions with neighbors and when caught with our pants down, no problem just lie and lie more after that to cover our misdeeds). The list could go on and on.
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          Indian
          Jun 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm
          Mr Omar with no offence, Pak has won just one match that too by mistake and luck. Don't think PAK is a world champion. You had runs on the board due to no ball wicket (your opener)..see you next time... ICC tournament. As far things other than cricket are concerned India and Pak were at same level 70 years ago now that gap is increasing very fast. Just give me your email. I will provide a full report on economic indicators. Thanks..
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            india
            Jun 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm
            One tournament win and muslim like you start praising. We have more patriotism India won wc , champions trophy in last 8 yes reached finals of world t20 and yesterday thrashed your brothers 7-1 in hockey get this in mind.
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              Omar Sadiq
              Jun 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm
              cry baby!!! wanh wanh wanh
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              india
              Jun 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm
              You muslims are born traitors as your language always speak against India and praise your porki Stan, fkk off from this country.
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                Munzir Baig
                Jun 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm
                Ask your mom who is the traitor.
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                  Omar Sadiq
                  Jun 20, 2017 at 10:51 pm
                  Good reply to this scum Munzir!!! I think these people need diaper rash its hurting them a lot! hahahahahahah
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                Noyb
                Jun 20, 2017 at 8:36 pm
                And so the exultation from a couple days back comes to an end. I am sure douche-wag will have something pithy to say about this?
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