CWG 2018, India vs New Zealand Updates: India went down 3-2 against New Zealand in a tense hockey semifinal of Commonwealth Games 2018 on Friday. The men in blue failed to convert their penalty corners while New Zealand made the most of a weak Indian defence to score a brace and take 2-0 lead in the first quarter itself. Just before half-time, Harmanpreet gave India hope with his successful penalty hit only to concede another goal in the third quarter. Even Harmanpreet’s second goal could not help the men in blue who failed to utilise multiple chances thrown at them. India will now play for the bronze medal against the losing team between Australia and England in the other semifinal.
India vs New Zealand Hockey Semifinal: India lost 2-3 to New Zealand in the semifinal of Commonwealth Games 2018.
India lose 3-2 in the seminal
India go down 3-2 in the semifinal clash against New Zealand, who had a powerful defence to block every attack by the men in blue. It is not all over for India who will get to fight for the bronze medal on Saturday.
GOAL! India 2-3 New Zealand
India finally get the much needed goal, giving the country hope of an equaliser. Harmanpreet finds the back of the net with a powerful shot.
That could have been 4-1 for India but Sreejesh comes to the rescue. It, however, looks like the end of India's dream to tae final spot.
Mandeep misses by inches
That was so close. Mandeep hits the pole as India miss another chance to bridge the gap against New Zealand.
Time running out for the Men in Blue as the Australian hockey payers watch the match from the stands. India now need a miracle.
End of third quarter
India are in a very dangerous spot right now, trailing New Zealand by two goals after missing multiple chances in the third quarter.
GOAL! India 1-3 New Zealand
New Zealand receive penalty corner after India sends the decision for review for a push. India manage to block it once. PC again for NZ. Sreejesh with a perfect block Markus Child finds the net in the end. That remains a controversial video decision as India trail by two goals now. India in a dangerous situation now.
India look for equaliser
India's Harmanpreet leads the attack once again but meets NZ defence. Indians come out with more energy in the third quarter and now need to convert this energy into goals.
Second half begins
India look for chances to equalise in the third quarter but New Zealand defence stands strong.
GOAL! India 1-2 New Zealand.
India get awarded a penalty stroke and the country takes full advantage of the opportunity to score their first goal. Harmanpreet Singh gave India hope as he sent a powerful shot past Joyce to make it 2-1. And with that comes half-time.
India keep their review after the video referee system shows New Zealand defender pushing an Indian player. India gets free hit
Penalty corner to New Zealand
India take a sigh of relief as New Zealand miss their penalty corner. That would have been crisis for the Indian team. India on the counter-attack now.
Second quarter begins
India try to catch up to the surging New Zealand clash but no chances created so far. Not how India was expecting to start the match.
GOAL! India 0-2 New Zealand
Jenness gives a perfect finish to get the ball past Sreejesh and give New Zealand a 2-0 lead in the first quarter. This will give NZ a lot of confidence early in the game but India need to keep spirits going.
GOAL! India 0-1 New Zealand
New Zealand score, take early lead against India in first quarter of the semifinal clash. Poor defending from the men in blue proved India costly as Inglis scores.
India receive a penalty corner in the fourth minute of the first quarter. But the shot is blocked by the opponents as India fail to take early lead. No Rupinder to take India's PC today.
Semifinal clash underway
India vs New Zealand semifinal clash is underway. The two teams have faced each other recently in a tour where India beat New Zealand twice. India will hope to ride on that.
India starting XI
Here is the Starting XI for team India in the semifinal: Harmanpreet Singh, Kothajit Singh, Manpreet Singh (C), Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, PR Sreejesh (GK), Varun Kumar, Akashdeep Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Amit Rohidas
India vs New Zealand
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Indian hockey team's semifinal match against New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games 2018 on Friday. Both the teams have seen three wins and one loss in their group matches and now face each other in hope of final spot.