After a convincing victory over Germany U-21 by 3-0 in the opening match, India U-21 Men Team won their second match against New Zealand U-21 by 3-0 in the Volvo International U-21 (Men) Tournament played at Breda, The Netherlands. In the women’s competition, Indian team lost to the hosts Netherlands by 0-1 in their opening match.
In men’s match between India and New Zealand, the first half started with intense battle between both the teams as they fought hard to keep the pressure on their opponents. The Indian colts continued their strategy of surprise counter-attacks, which kept the Black Sticks busy in their half. After continuous attacks, Harmanpreet Singh managed to materialize a penalty corner into a spectacular goal and taking the lead to 1-0 in the 6th minute. The lead was further extended to 2-0 by the forward player Simranjeet Singh in the 29th minute through a brilliant field goal as India continued their dominance at the end of the first half.
In the second half, both the teams stepped onto the field with more aggression and kept on the struggle to score goals. The New Zealand players tried new strategies to surprise the Indians as they were looking to open their scorecard. On the other hand, the Indian colts managed to keep the ball possession in their side and attacked from all sides to increase the margin. India earned a penalty corner in the 41st minute and drag-flicker Harmanpreet again successfully converted the opportunity into the third goal for his team.
In the women’s game between hosts Netherlands and India, both the teams started with a good attack as they started targeting the business side of the field with a clear intent to open their individual scorecard. While the Indian team maintained pressure on the opponents they even ensured that they kept the opponents attack at bay, thwarting all their attempts to score. When it seemed that the session would end in a dry run, The Netherlands’ Carmen Wijsman finally succeeded in breaking the deadlock by beating the Indian goalie and finding the nets in the 33rd minute through a brilliant field goal. With the goal Netherlands was leading the first half scores at 1-0 over India.
The second half saw a similar story as both the teams continued putting pressure on each other. While The Netherlands were looking at doubling its lead, the Indian eves were aiming at the equalizer goal. But at the end of the second session it was the defence of both the teams which proved themselves stronger as they restricted each other’s attack, resulting in no goals getting added and the match ended with The Netherlands winning 1-0.
India women’s will now clash against Germany on 21st July 2015 at 20:45 IST and their men’s counterparts take on Belgium on same day at 20:30 IST at Breda, The Netherlands.