France hold India 3-3, win series

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

India blew away a three-goal advantage as France rallied to force a 3-3 draw in the second and final hockey Test match here today.

New Delhi:

India blew away a three-goal advantage as France rallied to force a 3-3 draw in the second and final hockey Test match here today. The European minnows, playing a Test series outside their continent for the first time, took the series 1-0 having won the first Test 3-1 yesterday. Wasted chance The eight-time Olympic winners had themselves to blame for wasting the golden opportunity to level the series and salvage some pride which was severely dented following the loss yesterday. They simply could not maintain the 3-0 lead they had taken by the 38th minute and wilted under pressure towards the close of the match. The home side showed some good attacking skills in the first half, but could hardly do anything to stop the rampaging Frenchmen after the break. Soyez saves visitors Freddric Soyez emerged the hero for the visitors with a hat-trick of goals (42nd minute, 60th, 63rd), all of which came from penalty corners. Earlier, Arjun Halappa scored twice (11th and 26th) as India went to the half time with a 2-0 lead. Tushar Khandekar's strike three minutes into the second half further swelled India's lead. But that was all the home side could do as they watched helplessly with the visitors slamming home at regular intervals to draw level. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey
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