India has been eliminated from Hockey World Cup by New Zealand. Even though it seems to be shocking to believe but India, who has Hockey as their National Game, lost in the knock out match. India and New Zealand have fought through out the match without giving the other team any clear upper hand but in the penalty shootout, India couldn’t hit the 5th goal while New Zealand managed to do so.
With 5-4 scoreline, from penalty shootout, New Zealand managed to move ahead and India has been eliminated from the Home World Cup. Lalit Upadhyay, Sukhjeet Singh, Varun Kumar scored 3 goals for India. Lalit Upadhyay scored in the second quarter of first half and Sukhjeet Singh took the lead to 2-0. Sam Lane reduced the lead to 2-1 for India.
Later, Varun Kumar took the lead to 3-1 with this wonderful flick. India thought they have won the match but then New Zealand’s Kane Russell hit a goal to reduce the lead to 3-2 in third quarter. Little later, Sean Findlay hit the third goal to equal the scoreline 3-3. India and New Zealand had to go to the penalty shootouts, as both teams couldn’t convert some golden chances to take lead and make it 4-3. India will have to analyse and learn from this loss as once, they used to regarded as invincibles in Hockey!
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