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Friday, February 3, 2023

World Cup: Poor finishing proved costly for India.

FeaturedSports NewsWorld Cup: Poor finishing proved costly for India.

Akashdeep Singh was sitting holding his head. Manpreet Singh was looking at the field in despair. PR Sreejesh looked on in disbelief as the New Zealanders charged towards goalkeeper Leon Hayward after Shamsher Singh missed a penalty to celebrate an unexpected World Cup quarter-final berth on Sunday.

Here was a team that was ranked 12th in the world with players who worked regular jobs to earn a living and only got together a few times a year for camps, and an organization that won a bronze medal in the recent Olympics. prepare Funded program with most players employed by Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), who attend full camps throughout the year.

India’s 3-3 (4-5) loss to New Zealand was nothing short of a disaster after all the build-up, hype and momentum the team picked up after Tokyo, where they reached the Olympic rostrum. The hosts twice led by two goals but the midfield came under pressure as New Zealand scored twice in six minutes to equalize and force a shootout.

The Black Sticks led 3-2 in the shootout before goalkeeper PR Sreejesh saved three consecutive Kiwi attempts to send the contest into sudden death. But Sreejesh got injured in the process, which brought in Krishna Bahadur Pathak.

New Zealand acted prudently, replacing Dominic Dixon, who stood between the posts for 60 minutes, with the fresh legs of Leon Hayward. The ploy worked as Hayward saved five of India’s nine attempts (penalty shootout and sudden death) to send New Zealand into the quarter-finals, where they will face Belgium on Tuesday. India will return to Rourkela on Thursday to play the 9-16 ranked play-offs, facing Japan.

Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (18th), Sukhjeet Singh (25th) and Varun Kumar (41st) were India’s scorers in regulation time while Sam Lane (29th), Ken Russell (44th) and Sean Findlay (50th) scored for New Zealand. What did

Leading 3-1 in the 41st minute, the Indian midfield and defense became complacent, under pressure from the New Zealand forwards led by the experienced Simon Child, who made several circle entries.

Out of the 11 penalty corner chances that India got, Harmanpreet and Co. converted only two, while New Zealand converted both of their chances.

“It has been a while since I became captain. I don’t think it was about pressure. I know everyone is talking about it (I’m not scoring enough) but I’m trying. When you go on the field you don’t think you’re not going to score or there’s pressure. You go in thinking you’re going to score. We will try to find out what went wrong,” said a teary-eyed Harmanpreet, who scored just one goal in India’s four matches.

“Even in sudden death, the mind set was to score but their goalkeeper did very well to save the effort. We should have ended it in regulation time. We will try to learn from our mistakes.”

India dominated in terms of territory and possession in the first quarter but the teams were evenly matched in terms of chances. New Zealand had a good shot on target first but Sreejesh was quick to get out, make himself big and save.

In the third quarter, the two teams traded a goal apiece with India scoring first through a penalty corner that went through Dixon’s legs. Ken Russell beat Sreejesh from a penalty corner of his own to pull New Zealand within once again, setting up incredible final quarter action.

India retreated into defense to start the fourth quarter while New Zealand turned up the heat. India conceded a penalty corner in the 50th minute, and when Russell didn’t make the contact he wanted with his effort, Lane’s follow-up shot was superbly converted by Findlay.

India had a golden opportunity to score a fourth goal when Nick Ross was yellow carded for five minutes in the last seven minutes, but 10-man New Zealand not only managed to stop India but also made several entries into the circle. what attack on india

The exchange of fire was a nerve-wracking affair that took 18 attempts to separate the two sides. Both New Zealand and India scored two tries apiece where a goal would have won the match but Sam Heha and Sam Lane for New Zealand and Harmanpreet and Sukhjeet for India missed potential match-winning tries.

At the 17th attempt, Lane gave New Zealand the lead and Shamsher, who had missed once before, ended the contest with his effort well saved by Hayward.

“I believe the pressure and the expectations all add up. We made mistakes that we don’t normally make. We need to analyze and talk about it and find a solution before our next game,” Reid said. “Tonight was about consistency. We let ourselves down in the last quarter, threw the ball away which made it difficult. Every team is going to have problems converting penetration. We Might have to go back to the drawing board. Skill execution … we need to get better.

Spain beat Malaysia in the second crossover match to advance to the quarter-finals. After the score was tied 3-3 in the penalty shootout, Spain won 2-2 (4-3) in sudden death. World number 8 Spain will face world number one Australia in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.


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