15 April 2014: Senior Men Hockey team of India is currently on Europe tour for the preparation of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, scheduled to be held at The Hague, The Netherlands from 31 May -15 June 2014.
In their third match of the Europe Tour, India will take on Belgium tonight at 22:30 IST (19:00 Local Time), which will be the real test of Indian squad and against a well proven side of Belgium, who have grown leaps and bounds in world hockey during last couple of years.
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Indian Men Hockey team put up tough fight in their second build-up game of the Europe Tour as they tied at 3-3 against HGC Hockey Club (Dutch National Club) played at The Netherlands on 14 April 2014.
HGC Hockey Club opened up the score board as early as in the 6th minute of the match and managed to pierce in another goal in the 24th minute which helped them dominate the game with a 2-0 on board by the end of the first half of the game.
India fought back remarkably in the second half of the game as they restricted HGC Hockey Club from doing any further damage. The Indian squad turned the tables in their favour, to HGC Hockey Club’s surprise when Rupinder Pal Singh made no mistake in converting a penalty corner in the 50th minute, shortly followed by a field goal in the 56th minute through Nikkin Thimmaiah and V R Raghunath’s successful penalty corner in the 63rd minute which swept away the lead form HGC Hockey Club by 3-2. The final strike came in from HGC Hockey Club in the 64th minute which leveled the scores at 3-3 till the end of the match.
India’s defence and goalkeeper P R Sreejesh proved their ability to be at par, as HGC Hockey Club got 10 penalty corner opportunities out of which they managed to convert only two.
In the first match of Europe Tour, India defeated Leiden Hockey Club (Dutch National Hockey Club) 7-0 in their first build up game played at the Hockey Club Leiden, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands on 11 April 2014.
The match started off with both the teams defending well against each other. It was in the 18th min when Akashdeep Singh scored the 1st goal for India through field goal and took a lead of 1-0. Soon after, in the 21st min Nikkin Thimmaiah scored the second goal for the team. Indian team kept up the attack and fully dominated the 1st half of the game. Leiden club tried to come back in the game but India’s goalkeeper P R Sreejesh saved the goal and India did not let Leiden score a single goal till the end of the 1st half and maintained the 2-0 lead.
In the second half, Rupinder Pal Singh scored two consecutive goals in the 38th and 39th min of the game through penalty corner. Even Leiden Club got a chance to score in the second half but goalkeeper Harjot Singh saved an excellent penalty corner and helped India to maintain the 4-0 lead. Ramandeep Singh scored the fifth goal for India in the 43rd min through penalty corner. Indian team fully occupied the session and Leiden Club was not able to stop the Indian team from scoring. Soon after, Raghunath scored another goal for the team in the 45th min by converting penalty corner and took the lead to 6-0. In the 53rd min Yuvraj Walmiki came up attacking and scored a sensational 7th goal for the India team through field goal and the match ended with a score of 7-0 on the board.
India played very well against the Leiden Hockey Club this time, as last year India won the game against same club 3-2.
The action between India and Belgium can be watched live on www.sportsbroadcasting.nl, the live streaming will be available from 22:15 IST (18:45 Local Time)