Under-23 Nations Tournament: Annu, Beauty Dungdung on target as India rally for Netherlands

The Dutch side put India under pressure early in the day by securing back-to-back penalty corners in the first five minutes. However, the Indian defense stood firm and stopped them from scoring. As the game progressed, the Netherlands took the lead and were awarded for the same by breaking the deadlock through Ember in the 13th minute. Thereafter, he did well to maintain his lead as the first quarter ended.

The Netherlands started the second quarter in attack mode, and had the advantage when van der Broek Belen scored in the 17th minute. After scoring two goals, India launched a counter-attack and got their first penalty corner in the 18th minute. India’s aggressive strategy paid off as Annu pulled one back in the 19th minute. The Dutch then stepped up their attack, giving them two consecutive PCs. India secured their second PC in the final minutes of the second quarter to level the competition, but missed to convert it, leaving them 1-2 in the half.

India were trailing by a goal at the start of the third quarter. The Indian team was rewarded for their effort as their vice-captain Beauty Dungdung scored the equalizer in the 37th minute. After that, both teams increased their pressure to chase down their third goal, which never came as the game was tied 2–2 at the end of the third quarter.

The Netherlands players felt a sense of urgency after losing the advantage of two goals as they began the fourth quarter. This was evident in his game as well, as he earned another PC in the 47th minute but failed to convert it. India were given a solid chance to take the lead through PC, but it came to nothing. In the final minutes of the game, the Netherlands won two consecutive PCs, but failed to convert as the game ended in a draw.

India will take on Ukraine in their third match on June 22.

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