India beat England for Champions bronze

Updated: 03 July 2007 08:44 IST

India survived a scare to pip a resurgent England 4-3 and bag the bronze medal in the Champions Challenge hockey tournament for men on Sunday.

India beat England for Champions bronze
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India survived a scare to pip a resurgent England 4-3 and bag the bronze medal in the Champions Challenge hockey tournament for men on Sunday.

The weakness of faltering at the death again haunted India, who nearly blew away a 4-0 lead before clinching their back-to-back bronze.

Tushar Khandekar (3rd, 6th), Sandeep Singh (14th) and Roshan Minz (22nd) did the early damage before easing off.

England, known for fighting from the trenches, hit back through Rob Moore (34th), James Tindall (54th) and Simon Mantell (63rd).

Incidentally, India had beaten England by the same scoreline when the teams had met in the league stage.

England, who applied pressure to rattle the Indians towards the end, paid dearly for the horrific lapses in deep defence in the first half.

With the sun out in all its glory for the first time in the competition, the Indians, at the start, showcased their skills and team work that was missing in the round robin stage. But they flattered to deceive in the second session by conceding three goals.

Scoring four goals by the 22nd minute, India looked to have effectively sealed the game in their favour against a side that simply could not pick itself up from the bullets fired at it.

It was only when the Indians, who had won the league encounter 4-3, relaxed a bit that England got the chance to make a few moves.

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