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In the 5th place play off in Rabobank World League at Rotterdam, Spain defeated India on shoot-out after both the sides were locked at 2-2 in regulation time. India scored through Shivendra Singh and Mandeep Singh in first half sandwiched between Roc Oliva’s 2nd minute goal and David Alegre’s equalizer in second half (56th Minute).

Manpreet Singh and Akashdeep Singh missed for India in shoot-out, while skipper Sardar Singh and experienced forward Shivendra Singh got better of Francisco Cortés during shoot-out.

Gabriel Dabanch failed to get past Sreejesh, while Bosco Perez, David Alegre,Sergi Enrique and Roc Oliva was target for the winners in shoot-out.

At the start of the game, Spain took early lead in the second minute after Alex Casasyas found Roc Oliva unmarked in the D for a simple finish in their first entry to Indian circle.

India scored their equalizer through experienced Shivendra Singh, when deflected the slap shot of Raghunath from just outside Spanish quarter line in the eleventh minute of the game.

India got a chance take a lead but Spanish Goalie Cortés pulled an amazing save on his Ranchi Rhinos team-mate Mandeep Singh’s try on goal. However, in the very next minute, Mandeep Singh fire into the roof of the goalpost after receiving a cross from Sandeep Singh to earn crucial lead for India.

Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh kept India in game as they saved 6 penalty corners in first half and Indian lead remained intact till half time break.

Spain started the game in second half with same intensity as first half and maintained the pressure. Finally, David Alegre found the target on a tomahawk in 56th minute to restore the parity. Though, India came close to scoring a winner through Mandeep Singh, as had the ball in the net. But he used his foot; goal initially awarded but cancelled on review.

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Spain Beat India in Shoot-Out to take 5th Place at Rotterdam — 1 Comment

  1. Another disappointing performance by the Indian team. There are definitely about 4 to 5 players in the present squad who don’t deserve a place. Birendra Lakra, Sandeep Singh, Sandhu, Chinglesara to name a few. There is a marked basic intelligence deficit in our squad of players. They play a programmed style of hockey and are unable to improvise and think quick. These are qualities that are required in todays fast paced hockey. Perhaps Mr. Nobbs will be well advised to choose players after some IQ testing. Amazing how countries like Belgium with no significant hockey culture have risen to beat world champs like Australia. Its all in the mind. Even Oltmanns will not be able to turn the tide if the players do not have it up there.

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