Hockey Pro League: India 1-2 down from Netherlands title

With the championship title at stake, the Dutch pulled off a narrow 2–1 victory to claim their first Pro League, ahead of world and Olympic champions Belgium, who were defeated by a 5–0 victory against England. Had to be satisfied with second place. in London. The Netherlands finished with 36 points, one ahead of Belgium, as India finished their campaign in third place.

On Sunday, the Indians briefly put Holland 1-0 ahead to take the lead back but Harmanpreet Singh’s penalty stroke was saved by Dutch custodian Pyrmin Block.

Abhishek (1st minute) scored for India, while Zip Janssen (7th minute) and Jorit Kroon (45th) scored for the hosts.

India had a stellar start with a goal through Abhishek in the 29th second as he braved the striking circle and took a brilliant shot on goal. Although India’s opening 1-0 lead put the Dutch team on the backfoot, they did nothing under pressure but built on their attack which helped them win the PC.

Taking a penalty corner, Jip Janssen was on target with a swashbuckling strike that left India’s experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh behind at a brisk pace.

With just a minute into the second quarter, India created a formidable opportunity when Harmanpreet Singh made a long pass to propel Gujrant Singh, who had taken a fine shot on goal. But India were awarded a penalty stroke in a stick tackle by a Dutch defender. However, Bloc squandered the opportunity, displaying impeccable skill to block Harmanpreet’s flick, which was aimed in the upper right pocket. After a few minutes, the Dutch launched a fine attack that saw them form a PC, but a cautious Sreejesh continued to impress with excellent saves.

When the teams went into the half-time break, the score was tied at 1-1, followed by a similar battle in the following two quarters where both teams worked their strategies to create scoring opportunities.

Although in the first half, the Dutch were dominated by ball capture and circle entries, India went ahead with more ball capture and circle penetration in the third and fourth quarters, creating many opportunities through PC as well as field-goal opportunities. Did it However, they could not get clear shots that could beat the Dutch defence.

Meanwhile, the hosts did not fail in their attack as they converted from a PC in the 45th minute. A well-worked set-piece saw Zip Janssen flick the ball to the left flank, which was deflected all the way into goal by Kroon to take a much-needed 2-1 lead.

Backed by vigorous home support, the Netherlands defended the score until the final hooter, thus winning the championship with two more matches to be played against Spain.

India had more possession (51 to 49%), but the Dutch had 29 shots, while India scored 18. Both teams scored seven goals each, while the Dutch scored eight pcs, while the visitors scored seven.

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