Hockey highlights: India suffer second successive loss as New Zealand win 3-1

Updated: 11 January 2014 22:31 IST

After a 2-0 loss to England in the opening fixture, India face a do-or-die situation as they take on New Zealand in their second Pool A match of the Hockey World League Final in New Delhi. Follow all live updates from the game here.

# All over! New Zealand clinch a 3-1 victory over hosts, India. The Rupinder Singh-led side will remain last in the pool A standings and only have an outside chance to qualify for the next round.

 

# India open their account! With just two minutes from time, Mandeep Singh scores. It has, perhaps, come a bit too late for India to revive their chances in the game. They will still try though. New Zealand 3 India 1.


#Nikkim Thimmaiah misses a fairly simple chance to deflect the ball into the far post as the game heads towards full time.

 

# India have made 1 more circle penetration than New Zealand and are on par in terms of possession and yet find themselves 3 goals behind.

 

# Another goal! Jenness gets his second of the game as New Zealand take a 3-0 lead in the 50th minute.


# India respond with some attacking play but opening goal still eludes them.

 

# Stephen Jenness converts to give New Zealand a 2-0 lead over India in the 35th minute.

 

# New Zealand get the second half underway.

 

# Half-time! New Zealand go in with a 1-0 lead over hosts India.

 

# A Penalty corner has been thwarted by an alert Indian defence towards the close of the first half. This was New Zealand's first penalty corner, just under two minutes from half-time.

 

#Meanwhile, India continue to make their forward runs but are not able to find the finish they are looking for.

 

#Yet another chance for New Zealand goes a begging as the shot clips the post.

 

#Another chance on the counter for the Kiwis as Hugo Inglis makes a good run towards the Indian goal but he is forced to take a shot while on the run and fires the ball high above the goal.

 

# With a goal's lead, New Zealand look far more composed. India have missed their chances due to a bit of sloppy passing.

 

# India get two penalty corners but fail to capitalize as the game gets off to an action-packed beginning.

 

# Exciting start to the game here. India come close to scoring the fastest goal but concede on the counter. New Zealand take 1-0 lead in the second minute. Shea Mcalesese scoring the goal.

 

# Both sides enter the arena as teams gear up for national anthem.

 

# Argentina continued their brilliant run and beat Belgium 3-2 in the opening Pool B match on Saturday. Australia, on the other hand, lost 1-0 to three-time world champions Netherlands. (Read match reports)

India dished out a poor performance to go down 2-0 to higher-ranked England and start their campaign on a losing note at the Hockey World League Final, in New Delhi on Friday.

The Indians looked out of sorts as England rode on two goals from Adam Dixon (28th, 45th minute) to pocket three points from their opening Pool A encounter at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Chief coach Terry Walsh could not have imagined such an below-par performance from his wards in his first international match with the Indian team.

From the onset, the Indians looked rusty and seemed to run out of ideas when the ball was in their possession. Their attacking play lacked teeth and they hardly troubled the England goal barring the two penalty corners they earned in the opening half.

England, on the other hand, were slow to get off the blocks but gained control of the proceedings and looked threatening as the match progressed. They looked far more promising in their moves going forward.

It took India 14 minutes to get their first scoring chance when they earned two back-to-back penalty corners but drag-flick experts VR Raghunath and Rupinder pal Singh failed to cash in on the opportunities.

After initial hiccups, England started to find their feet in the match and earned three penalty corners in quick succession. While Ashley Jackson shot wide from the first set piece, India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh denied England in the second penalty corner with quick reflexes. (Read full report)

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