India finish third; Dutch lift FIH Pro League title

Story by  ATV | Posted by  Nakul Shivani • 1 Years ago
Action from India-Holland tie
Action from India-Holland tie


New Delhi

The Indian men's hockey team ended their FIH Pro League campaign with a third-place finish this season.

On Sunday, they went down valiantly to the Dutch 1-2 in Rotterdam to end on 30 points, behind Belgium and Holland, who eventually took the coveted title.

India put up a brave performance but were not good enough as they missed chances galore, inlcuding a penalty stroke at the start of the second quarter.

Abhishek's individual brilliance put India ahead in the first minute of play before Jip Janssen and Jorrit Croon scored off penalty corners for the hosts.

This was India's second loss to the Dutch in as many days after going down 1-4 in a penalty shoot-out on Saturday, after both teams were tied at 2-2 in regulation time.

While both India, and Belgium have finished their 16 matches, the Dutch still have two encounters against Spain in hand.

India's next major assignment is the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next month.

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