Dutch beat India 2-1 to enter final

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Indian team raised its game but were not good enough to match the seven-time champions, the Netherlands, who entered the finals with the 2-1 win.

Dutch beat India 2-1 to enter final
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Chennai:

Indian team raised its game but were not good enough to match the seven-time champions, the Netherlands, who entered the finals with the 2-1 win in a crucial league match of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament. The Dutch will play Olympic champions Australia in the final on Sunday while India, who were fourth in the last edition, will now play for the 5th and 6th places. In a tie, which was heading for a draw, Taeke Taekema shot home off a penalty corner just a few seconds before the hooter to keep his team's hopes alive to regain the championship. Earlier, the scores were levelled at 1-1 after Dutch team's Roderick Weusthof (51st min) and India's Sandeep Singh (66th min) scored one goal each. The Indians displayed better hockey than their previous outings against Australia and Germany but conceded two penalty corners in the end moment which cost them the match. The hosts started off well holding a desperate Dutch side from scoring any goal in the first half. The defence was aggressive to come forward and tackle the Dutch attackers, who managed to yield only one penalty corner in the first half. Once again, Indian goalkeeper Bharat Chetri exhibited his acrobatic skills and sound anticipation to save four to five sure-shot goals. The Indian forwards, however, faltered in finishing off several good moves successfully. (PTI)

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