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Hockey World League Semi-final: Netherlands crush India 3-1

Last updated on: June 20, 2017 20:45 IST

Sander Baart of the Netherlands celebrates with teammates as he scores their second goal during the Pool B match against India on Day 6 of the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on Tuesday

IMAGE: Sander Baart of the Netherlands celebrates with teammates as he scores their second goal during the Pool B match against India on Day 6 of the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Alex Morton/Getty Images

India were dominated and outplayed by The Netherlands 3-1 in the last game of Pool B match of the Hockey World League Semi-final in London on Tuesday.

This was India's first defeat of the tournament. 

All the goals came in the first two quarters of the match -- World No 4, The Netherlands scored as early as the 2nd minute through Thierry Brinkman and then doubled their score 10 minutes later through the stick of Sander Baart.

The Dutch dealt India with another blow when Mirco Pruijser sounded the boards in the 24th minute.

India got a consolation goal through Akashdeep Singh in the 28th minute.

The loss, however, did have an impact on India's chances in the tournament as they had already qualified for the quarter-finals before this encounter as they had registered wins in their first three games.

Netherlands topped Pool B with an all-win record from four matches, while India finished second with three wins from four games.

India will take on Malaysia on Thursday while Netherlands will face fourth-placed team in Pool A -- China -- in the quarter-finals on the same day.\

The Dutchmen played the match on the expected lines, controlling the proceedings for major part of the match.

The Indians were slow off the blocks and the Dutch caught the Indian defence off-guard as in as early as the second minute when Sardar Singh lost possession of the ball just outside the Indian circle and Brinkman made no mistake in giving his side the lead.

Young Akash Chikte then pulled off a brilliant save to deny Jonas de Geus in the sixth minute.      But Netherlands doubled their lead in the 12th minute when Baart scored from their first penalty corner.

In the very next move, India got a penalty corner but wasted the opportunity.

Chikte once again came to India's rescue to deny Netherlands skipper Billy Bakker just at the stroke of first quarter.

Netherlands got two back-to-back penalty corners soon but failed to utilise both.

The Dutchmen completely dictated the pace at least in the opening quarter as the Indians lacked co-ordination.

Netherlands made it 3-0 in the 24th minute when Pruijser scored after receiving a through pass from Bjorn Kellerman.

It took a brilliant field strike from Akashdeep to bring India back into the match as Roelant Oltmans's men went into the breather trailing 1-3.

After the change of ends, the Indians created a few scoring chances with Ramandeep Singh and Mandeep Singh at the fore but Netherlands goalkeepers Sam van der Ven and Pirmin  Blaak, who took the field through rolling substitution, made some fine saves to keep their lead intact.

In the last 10 minutes, India earned two more penalty corners by Van der Ven was at his best to deny Harmanpreet on both occasions. 

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