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Champions Trophy: Indians face tough task in their tie against the Netherlands

Champions Trophy: Indians face tough task in their tie against the Netherlands

by Khelnama News Desk | Hockey | 09th Dec 2014
Mandeep Singh: He was the reason India could equalize Korea at 3-3 in the final and he almost scored his second stunner, which would have been the team's fourth and levelled the score with Korea. But unfortunately for him and India, he missed it by
Mandeep Singh: He was the reason India could equalize Korea at 3-3 in the final and he almost scored his second stunner, which would have been the team's fourth and levelled the score with Korea. But unfortunately for him and India, he missed it by a whisker and India lost 3-4.

Bubaneshwar: India have their task cut out as they take on the high-flying Netherlands in their final pool match of the Champions Trophy on Tuesday. 

The Indians will be low on confidence after a disappointing performance against Argentina. The team will have to improve quickly. If they show the same defensive frailties against the Dutch, there is bound to be a goalfest. The Netherlands have  already scored seven goals in their wins over Argentina and Germany and are atop the pool.

“The last two matches were very disappointing for us. We made mistakes and failed in defence. Today, we have worked hard to sort out those lapses,” Roelant Oltmans said.

India scored one field goal on Sunday but missed many chances. Akashdeep Singh, who scored the goal, said, “We missed a lot of chances. We talked about it during the meeting. We worked on it in training and will try to do better tomorrow,” he said. 

Robert van der Horst, captain of Netherlands, said, “Things are going in the right direction and our players are in good form. We want to win the last match to finish league on the top of the pool.”

“The team has gelled well among the experienced and young players, and both are complementing each other’s efforts,” said Netherlands’ coach Max Caldas.