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India vs Netherlands: India lost the second match, Netherlands won the FIH Pro League men’s title

Rotterdam: The Indian men’s hockey team’s hopes of winning the FIH Pro League title were shattered with a 1-2 loss to the Netherlands in the second match of the two-leg match here on Sunday. India also suffered a shoot-out in the first match on Saturday. It was a 1-4 loss while both the teams were tied at 1-4 after 60 minutes of regular time.

India needed to register a win against the Netherlands to maintain their modest hopes of winning the title but it did not happen. Netherlands won the men’s title with 35 points from 14 matches while two matches are still to be played. Olympic champions Belgium finished second with 35 points from 16 matches while India finished third with 30 points from 16 matches.

India started the match brilliantly and took the lead within 30 seconds thanks to a field goal from Abhishek. Abhishek took possession of the ball from the right end and after hitting four defenders, netted Dutch second-choice goalkeeper Mauritz Wieser to score the goal. The Netherlands, however, equalized in the seventh minute with a penalty corner from Zip Jensen. There was a tough competition between the world number three team Netherlands and the fourth number team India. Netherlands got another penalty corner in the 11th minute which was thwarted by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.

Netherlands got three more penalty corners but they failed to penetrate the Indian defence. Harmanpreet Singh failed to score a penalty corner for India in the 16th minute. India got two consecutive penalty corners two minutes before the interval but the team could not convert them into goals. In the third quarter, Jorit Kroon took the Netherlands 2-1 in the 45th minute. India got many chances to score after this but its players could not deceive Wiser.

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