PR Sreejesh hands India win over Netherlands in FIH Pro League | Hockey News

Feb 11, 2024

New Delhi: The Indian men's hockey team Won an exciting match against the world number one player Netherlands With a 4-2 win in the shoot-out. FIH Pro League In Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh He played a crucial role in the shoot-out, making three crucial saves and securing two bonus points for India after the match finished 2–2 in regulation time. Netherlands earned one point from the competition.
During the shoot-out, India captain Harmanpreet Singh, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Shamsher Singh all successfully scored against the Dutch.
In regulation time, Hardik Singh (13th minute) and Harmanpreet (58th) scored for India, while Jip Jansen (30th) and Koen Bijnen scored for the Netherlands.
The Netherlands put pressure on the Indian defense in the first eight minutes, keeping most of the game in the Indian circle.
However, the Indian defense showed resilience and weathered the early storm. Despite some struggles in possession of the ball early on, the Indian team grew in confidence as the match progressed and ultimately achieved a thrilling victory.
In the 12th minute, India got consecutive penalty corners but Harmanpreet, in her 200th international match, failed to penetrate the Dutch defense from the set piece.
However, the Indians grew in confidence and took control of the proceedings.
It was a brilliant field effort from Hardik which turned the tide in India's favour. Hardik stole the ball from the Indian half and combined with Sukhjeet Singh to score his 10th international goal. Their sharp counter-attack saw Hardik lead the attack and eventually put the ball into the net from an acute angle.
Although India got a chance at a penalty corner in the 24th minute, but unfortunately it missed it. Shortly afterwards, the Netherlands also got a penalty corner, but Janssen's effort missed the goal. The Netherlands eventually equalized with Janssen's goal from a penalty corner just before half-time.
In the third quarter, the Netherlands took the lead from a penalty corner, with Koen Bijnen capitalizing on the rebound after an early save by Indian goalkeeper Krishna Bahadur Pathak.
Despite falling behind, India played hard in the final minutes, earning several penalty corners but failing to convert. However, a determined effort saw Harmanpreet convert a vital penalty corner just before the final hooter, leveling the score and forcing the game into a shoot-out.
India's win over Spain on Saturday and Netherlands' impressive performance against Ireland laid the foundation for an exciting encounter.
India's next challenge will be against Australia on 15 February.
(With PTI inputs)

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