India go down 2-4 to Australia in Champions Trophy hockey

Australia beat India 4-2 in the Champions Trophy group fixture where India had to win to make it to their first final.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2016 10:21:42 pm
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India go down 2-4 to Australia in Champions Trophy hockey

Australia beat India 4-2 in the Champions Trophy group fixture on Thursday. India had to win to make it to their first final but it wasn’t the case as Australia, table-toppers, outplayed India to consolidate their top spot.

Right from the first half, Australia made plenty of penetrations and earned many penalty corners to pile on the pressure on India. They were on the board when Mitton scored to put Australia 1-0 up after Sreejesh denied them for the opening 20 minutes.

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Australia followed the opening goal with another one a couple of minutes later when Zalewski found the back of the net in the 23rd minute. Australia came out attacking in the second half and extended their lead with Ogilvie in the 35th minute.

While Australia scored thrice till the 35th minute, India were yet to have a shot at goal and penetrated the Aussie circle only once. They did earn a penalty corner in the 43rd minute but no damage was done as Harmanpreet never got hold of the weak delivery.

India did make some movement towards the end of the third quarter but weren’t able to execute a move to pose any threat to the formiddable Aussie unit.

The chance came their way with another penalty corner in the 45th minute and Raghunath opened the team’s account with a powerful strike. Australia were not affected by the goal as counter-attacked to maintain the three-goal lead with the White goal moments before the third quarter whistle.

India converted another opportunity in the fourth quarter when a brilliant touch by Mandeep gave the team their second goal of the night.

They came out attacking in the fourth quarter, enjoyed lion’s share of the possession but failed to convert even one of the four penalty corners which they earned.

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