Breaking Indian hearts in an epic crossover match FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 On Sunday, New Zealand defeated India to reach the quarter-finals of the showpiece event. The Kiwis played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with the hosts in the recently concluded crossover match as the six-goal thriller was decided by an epic penalty shootout at Odisha’s Kalinga Stadium. After finishing second behind leaders England in Pool D, the Harmanpreet Singh-led side took on New Zealand in a must-win encounter in Bhubaneswar.
India’s star midfielder Hardik Singh has been ruled out of the entire World Cup due to a hamstring injury. Hardik suffered the injury on 15 January during India’s goalless draw with England in the World Cup 2023. Ranked sixth in the world, the hosts opened the scoring against New Zealand through Lalit Upadhyay in the 17th minute of the game. India’s Sukhjeet Singh extended India’s lead to two goals before New Zealand responded through Sam Lane, who scored the opener for the Kiwis in the 28th minute of the game.
Kane Russell (43rd) and Shaun Findlay (49th) stunned India with two late goals to complete New Zealand’s stunning comeback in a six-goal thriller in Bhubaneswar. The enthralling contest was decided by a penalty shootout after New Zealand equalized before the end of regulation time. Goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Pathak put on a show for the hosts in a marathon shootout as they both pulled off brilliant saves to keep India’s hopes alive in the crossover stage.
Veteran goalkeeper Sreejesh suffered an injury while stopping Woods from scoring in the shootout. When Sam Lane put Pathak one better after a rebound, it was Shamsher Singh who was responsible for keeping India’s hopes alive in the contest. While Shamshir missed his first attempt, his second was brilliantly saved by Hayward as the Team India star failed to convert the decisive penalty into sudden death. New Zealand have entered the quarter-final stage of the World Cup 2023 after registering a memorable win against the hosts. The Kiwis will face Belgium on the business end of the showpiece event.