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India U-21 Men Hockey Team looking to win against England to make a place in final of Volvo Invitational U-21 (Men) Tournament 2015 at Breda, the Netherlands.Both the teams gave a tough time to each other and ended up in 1-1 draw.

India Under-21 Men Hockey team in a discussion with coach Harendra Singh before Volvo Invitational Tournament in Breda, Netherlands

India Under-21 Men Hockey team in a discussion with coach Harendra Singh at Volvo Invitational U-21 Tournament at Breda

In the league stage of the tournament, India won two matches against Germany by 3-0 and New Zealand by 3-0, while lost two against the hosts Netherlands by 1-2 and Belgium by 1-3.

Earlier in the day Belgium defeated New Zealand by 4-1 to set-up final against Germany. With this result, India and England will play again today for 3rd place.

 

As was expected the game started with high speed as the both the teams got busy on their business side of the field. While India maintained a good attack the same was brilliantly complemented by the defence as they ensured that the opponents do not get away with an easy goal. It was England who finally broke the Indian defence in the 11th minute of the match as Luke Taylor smashed the ball into the nets ensuring that the penalty corner opportunity was well utilised. Undeterred by the goal, Indians paid back the same minute as Nilakanta Sharma’s brilliant field goal which helped them equalise the game at 1-1. Post the initial goal by both the sides the rest of the session witnessed some great saves and the first half ended at 1-1 on the scoreboard.

The second half saw India up the ante of its attack as they successfully earned crucial penalty corners. But unfortunately for India they were unable to find the nets as the England defence cleared the danger on each occasion. Unable to add any further goals in the second half, the match ended with a 1-1 draw.

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