India began the Hockey World League Finals competition with a 1-1 draw against Australia on Friday. And after Saturday’s action, their wait for the first win continued. England beat India 3-2 following a 57th minute winner from Sam Ward. England were 2-0 up at one time before India came back to score two quick goals in the final quarter. With momentum on their side, India erred for a moment and England capitalised on the lucky break. For India, Rupinder Pal Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored the goals.
India vs England, Hockey World League Finals Score and Updates:
2055 hrs IST: England beat India 3-2 with a 57th minute winner from Sam Ward. A double for him and England have picked up their first win of the tournament while India still look for their first win
2052 hrs IST: ENGLAND TAKE THE LEAD AGAIN! Sam Ward with a thundering strike on the turn after finding inch of space and three men around him. Lucky to get the ball but he made the most of that luck. Blistering shot into the right corner and INDIA 2-3 ENGLAND
2047 hrs IST: Under seven minutes to play now in this match and with India oozing confidence, this could get very interesting. But have to maintain shape at the same time…
2042 hrs IST: Decibel level continues to rise in Bhubaneswar. Manpreet tries to turn and pass but it is blocked with an England foot. Penalty corner to India. Rupinder Pal Singh shoots first and it is blocked. Second penalty corner for India and Rupinder Pal Singh hammers it home this time. Thumping low drive and creates plenty of venom into that to beat the keeper and the player on the post. INDIA 2-2!
2038 hrs IST: INDIA PULL ONE BACK! Akashdeep Singh sends a shot into the D after Harmanpreet Singh missed from the penalty corner. Lucky to have the ball trickle into the goal but India needed something to find their first
2031 hrs IST: India earn a penalty corner from a referral and the attempt goes touch wide. And it took a touch on its way out. Second PC for India and it is heroically saved by the keeper. Beautiful strike and equally great save
2029 hrs IST: England have doubled their advantage with Samuel Ward on the score sheet. Long pass forward inside the circle, Harmanpreet fails to clear the ball, with the keeper left to fend for it alone, he goes down and Ward side steps the keeper to casually push the ball into an open goal.
2020 hrs IST: India making some positive movements into the third quarter. Playing confidently and finding space down both flanks to keep England pegged back. However, the attempts on the goal continue to evade the hosts and the scoreline, thus, remains unchanged
2005 hrs IST: At the half time break, India trail England 0-1 in Bhubaneswar. Goodfield scoring the solitary goal from an acute angle to put the English side ahead. Both teams made five circle entries but England with three shots to India’s one.
2004 hrs IST: He may be out injured but he’s never really out of action. PR Sreejesh sending in his wishes to the Indian team
2000 hrs IST: With India down to ten men momentarily, England capitalise on the man advantage. Ball pushed inside the area and David Goodfield is on hand to tap in from close range. England take the lead in the 26th minute
1958 hrs IST: First penalty corner of the game and it falls to England. India with strong defend to come out in numbers and avoid any opportunity from the word go. The push for the attempt is blocked instantly.
1950 hrs IST: Into the second quarter now, India find bit of an opening to open the scoring but the effort is a touch wide. Akash with a reverse pass to Chinglensana at the top of the D who moves in but his weak push is wide of the goal and would have been far too easy a save for the keeper
1944 hrs IST: England have looked the brighter of the two sides when going forward. Have shown more intent and confident when moving forward into the attack. Luckily for the strong Bhubaneswar crowd, India have held on to defend.
1942 hrs IST: Under three minutes to be played in the first quarter. It has flown by and remained pretty even with both sides looking for bit of an opening. So far neither giving way
1937 hrs IST: Head to head: They’ve faced thrice in Hockey World League matches with India winning once and England twice. Overall, they’ve played 77 matches with India winning 39, losing 26 and drawing 12
1935 hrs IST: And we’re underway! India and England are on the pitch and a blistering start by England already.
1920 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of India’s second game at the Hockey World League Finals. India take on England now in Bhubaneshwar. India started the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Australia on Friday. In the results so far today, Germany drew 2-2 with Australia, Argentina lost 2-3 to Belgium and Netherlands lost 2-3 to Spain.