Mandeep double as India beat New Zealand 4-3 in Pro League opening match | Hockey news

It was a new season of the Pro League but India continued their old scoring habit towards the end of the season.
On Friday, India led 2-3 first New Zealand at the end of the third quarter of their Pro League opening match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
But like countless cases in the previous season, the hosts didn’t give up until the end and Mandeep Singh scored two goals in the 52nd and 57th minutes to help India win 4-3.
In addition to two goals, Mandeep, man of the match, also helped India win on penalties which Harmanpreet Singh converted into a goal in the 42nd minute to make the score 2-3 for the home team. .
Even after India took the lead in the fourth half, New Zealand had a chance to equalize when they won three consecutive corners in the final minutes of the match. But goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak did enough to keep the visitors from scoring and help India start the new season in high form.
Although India won, their defenders had a bad day conceding nine corners. Compared to that, New Zealand only gave away one. On a positive note, Mohammed Raheel, who is making his international debut in the 11-man game, had a good game and looked pretty promising.
What stands out, however, is that India regularly plays ball in the air. Whether at long or short distances, the players use it proficiently. And in only a few cases, they fail to find their man.
As for New Zealand, they will regret not having won the match despite leading 3-1 at one point. Now they will have to regroup quickly and prepare for Saturday’s game against Spain. As for India, they will meet Spain on Sunday.
Earlier, Mandeep Mor gave India a dream start when putting the home team ahead just a minute after the first half ended. It was a perfect pass by Nilakanta Sharma from outside the D block towards Mor who was standing on the right and completely out of control.
Mor had no trouble collecting it, making a slam dunk from the D and shoving the ball into the net between the legs of goalkeeper Dominic Dixon, who should have done better but was spooked by the speed of the ball. prize. It was Mor’s first international target.
Then it was all New Zealand as they penetrated the Indian defence with ease.
First, Sam Lane made it 1-1 with a penalty kick in the 23rd minute. Then, Jake Smith made it 2-1 after five minutes into the second half. It’s a lovely game on the right near the backline of New Zealand and Simon Child played it for Smith, who dived and deflected the ball above the oncoming Sreejesh. A minute later, Lane made it 3-1 as he scored his second after New Zealand won against their third PC of the night.
They had countless chances to get the ball back out of India afterwards but were unable to convert those chances. Instead, India returned to the game with a dominant performance in the last 20 minutes.


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