India lost 1-3 to Australia in shootout in the summit clash of Champions Trophy hockey in Breda, the Netherlands. India had managed to play a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in their final round-robin game on Saturday to set-up the Hockey Champions Trophy final against Australia. Mandeep Singh (47th minute) scored for second-placed India, while Thiery Brinkmann (55th) scored for the third-placed Netherlands as the two teams ended the round-robin stage with eight and seven points respectively. The Netherlands will meet Olympic champions Argentina in the bronze-medal playoff on Sunday after the South Americans defeated Australia 3-1 to take their points tally to seven -- same as the European team. But Argentina are in the fourth spot due to an inferior goal difference. Australia topped the table with 10 points. The final will be a repeat of the 2016 edition when Australia got the better of India via a controversial penalty shootout. India needed at least a draw against the Dutch to keep the opponent away from the place in the final. Both teams showed urgency but India created a goal-scoring opportunity first with youngster Dilpreet Singh making the right call to ask for a video referral. The video umpire ruled in India' favour for a dangerous ball in the striking circle, though Harmanpreet Singh's powerful flick was brilliantly parried away by Dutch goalkeeper Sam van der Ven. Immediately though, the home team launched a quick-fire counter with Seve van Ass taking a shot on goal. But with an in-form PR Sreejesh continuing his outstanding form at the goalpost made it difficult for the Dutch to convert.
Highlights of India vs Australia, Champions Trophy Hockey Final from Breda, The Netherlands
21:16 IST: Edwards scores!!!!!!! AUSTRALIA WIN CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2018
21:15 IST: Sreejesh needs to save this.
21:14 IST: Manpreet scores. What a relief for India.
21:13 IST: Manpreet has to score this one.
21:12 IST: What a save from Sreejesh once again.
21:11 IST: What a save from Sreejesh.
21:10 IST: Oh boy! Harmanpreet finds the net but not before the given time.
21:09 IST: Australia take 2-0 lead.
21:08 IST: Sardar in action and he misses the chance. Australia 1-0
21:07 IST: GOAL! Australia take the lead. Australia 1-0
21:05 IST: In 2016, Australia defeated India in shootout. Can India beat Australia this time?
21:02 IST: FULL-TIME - INDIA 1-1 AUSTRALIA. The match heads into a shootout.
21:00 IST: Less than a minute to go in the match.
20:59 IST: India are trying hard to score a winner.
20:56 IST: 6 minutes to go in the match.
20:55 IST: Brilliant effort from Dilpreet. He was so close to the goal.
20:52 IST: Shot by Brand. Not quite enough on it.
20:50 IST: What a hit from Lalit. The ball travels wide.
20:47 IST: The fourth and final quarter gets underway.
India have found their long-awaited equalizer in the third quarter and the young man Vivek Sagar rises to the occasion to level things up in this heated #INDvAUS Final encounter of the #HCT2018. #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/cCZSoFqAMb— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018
20:46 IST: End of third quarter. INDIA 1-1 AUSTRALIA
20:44 IST: Mandeep almost gave India a lead. Close one. Brilliant work from Australian goalkeeper.
20:41 IST: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vivek Prasad draws India level. What a goal from him. INDIA 1-1 AUSTRALIA.
43' GOAL! Vivek Sagar takes the deflection off @chinglensana29's stick and slams a shot in goal past Lovell's left! We are now on equal terms!— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018
IND 1-1 AUS#IndiaKaGame #INDvAUS #HCT2018 pic.twitter.com/h8yjGyTJVJ
20:40 IST: What an effort from Manpreet.
20:35 IST: India lose their referral.
20:34 IST: India have asked for a referral.
20:33 IST: India come close to the post. So close.
We are in the third quarter of the #INDvAUS Final match of the #HCT2018 Team India is trailing by a narrow margin is in quest of the much needed equalizer.#IndiaKaGame— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018
ALBUM: https://t.co/PPgDxaZudg pic.twitter.com/kt7Nf8tvF0
20:29 IST: India fail to convert the penalty corner into a goal.
20:28 IST: Penalty corner for India.
20:22 IST: Both the teams are in the middle. The third quarter gets underway.
20:13 IST: HALF-TIME - Australia lead India 1-0 at half-time.
HT| India fall back by a goal despite a capable defensive performance after the @Kookaburras convert their solitary PC through Blake Govers in the Final of the Rabobank Men's Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 on 1st July 2018.#IndiaKaGame #INDvAUS #HCT2018 pic.twitter.com/kWiKNv6qrb— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018
We lead at halftime in the Champions Trophy Final. Govers has the only goal of the match. Make sure you see the second half and tune in via Fox Sports, channel 505. #PrideOfTheKookas #HCT2018 pic.twitter.com/Ldedj2sz0e— Kookaburras (@Kookaburras) July 1, 2018
20:12 IST: Brilliant work from Sreejesh.
20:07 IST: GOAL!! Govers scores as Australia take 1-0 lead against India. Sreejesh didn't get chance to move his muscle. Huge celebration in Australian camp.
20:06 IST: Penalty corner for Australia.
20:04 IST: Chance for Australia. Birender Lakra snatches the ball and sweeps away.
20:01 IST: Harmanpreet Singh with the ball. And, he misses it completely.
19:59 IST: Penalty Corner for India.
19:57 IST: The second quarter gets underway.
19:55 IST: India 0-0 Australia at the end of first quarter
19:52 IST: SV Sunil with the ball and passes to Dilpreet Singh. India miss this chance. Pretty close.
19:51 IST: 4 minutes to go in the first quarter. Can India take a lead?
19:50 IST: Dilpreet with a slight deflection but fails to give India a lead.
19:49 IST: The shot goes wide.
19:48 IST: Another Penalty corner for India. Australia are coming under a little pressure
19:46 IST: Howard with a diving defensive effort. Brilliant work from him.
19:45 IST: Penalty corner for India
19:42 IST: Beale to Sharp and back to Beale but he fails to gather. Very close.
19:38 IST: Australia run with the ball. Brilliant defending from Surender Kumar.
19:37 IST: Referee blows the whistle and we are underway.
It's PUSHBACK! The Indian Men's Team's clash against Australia in the Final of the Rabobank Men's Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018 is now underway.#IndiaKaGame #HCT2018 #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/H1oVvjfbC7— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018
19:32 IST: Both teams - India and Australia - have lined up for their respective national anthems
19:30 IST: India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar wished Team India ahead of the summit clash.
18:20 IST: Three-time Olympic Gold Champion Balbir Singh Sr. wishes the Indian Men's Hockey Team all the best.
Three-time Olympic Gold Champion Balbir Singh Sr. wishes the Indian Men's Hockey Team all the best and urges them to go for the gold medal ahead of their match against Australia in the Final of the Rabobank Men's Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018. #IndiaKaGame #HCT2018 pic.twitter.com/Rc8XXvQY0g— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018
18:52 IST: Here's India's starting XI against the Kookaburras.
Here is the starting line-up of the Indian Men's Team that will take on Australia in the Final of the Rabobank Men's Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018 at 7:30 PM (IST) today. #IndiaKaGame #HCT2018 #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Q5oa7qzM7k— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018
18:50 IST: India star drag-flicker Rupinderpal Singh sends a special message to his team.
18:41 IST: Australia have won Champions Trophy title 14 times. India have a great chance to win their maiden title today.
18:38 IST: Australia are defending champions. They won the Champions Trophy title in 2016 in United Kingdom, beating India 3-1 (penalty strokes) in the summit clash. Can India take the revenge today?
18:24 IST: Sreejesh and his men are set for the final showdown against the Kookaburras.
The Indian Men's Team have braved all challenges to make it to the Final of the Rabobank Men's Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018 against Australia on 1st July 2018. #IndiaKaGame #INDvAUS #HCT2018 pic.twitter.com/BYdFW6xTzk— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) June 30, 2018
18:21 IST: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore wishes Team India ahead of the mouth-watering clash.
Wishing @TheHockeyIndia team all the best for tomorrows final against Australia in Champions Trophy. The whole team played brilliantly to tie the match 1-1 against Netherlands to finish 2nd in the tournament.— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) June 30, 2018
18:15 IST: India midfielder Manpreet Singh's message ahead of the summit clash against Australia.
.@manpreetpawar07, midfielder of Indian Men's Hockey Team, shares the hunger and desire which encourages the players to win the Final of the Rabobank Men's Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018 against Australia on 1st July 2018.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018
#IndiaKaGame #INDvAUS #HCT2018 pic.twitter.com/sAMjEzYLBm
18:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live updates from Champions Trophy hockey final match between India and Australia.
India won their second penalty corner, thanks to Dilpreet again, but a variation saw Harmanpreet pass the ball to Varun Kumar after Sardar's injection but Varun couldn't get a strong push which was cleared quite effortlessly by the Dutch goalkeeper. Though India gave away three penalty corners by half time, with no score on the board for either teams. The visitors' defence was compact, very alert and yet again had Sreejesh standout. One of his best saves was when Jorrit Croon stole the ball from India's midfield to launch a swift counter, beating a fleet of Indian defenders to make it to their striking circle only to find a perfect pass to Thijs van Dam. But his shot was excellently saved by Sreejesh who remained the cynosure in India's defence.
With a goalless scoreboard, the third quarter was crucial. The Netherlands dominated with ball possession, making 20 circle entries and took six shots on goal. While India had made just 12 circle entries with four shots on goal. India's backline continued to play to structure, with some clever defending while India had a better coordinated move up front with Sunil and Mandeep working in tandem but could not muster a goal in the third quarter.
India, however, opened the fourth quarter with all guns firing. The efforts won them their third penalty corner of the match in the opening minute. Though Harmanpreet's flick rebounded off the Dutch goalkeeper, Mandeep moved up front swiftly to put the ball into the goal and fetched his team the much-needed 1-0 lead in the 47th minute. With time ticking away, Dutch fans rallied behind their home team with encouraging cheers. The home support worked with Brinkman working a stupendous goal from the baseline, beating Amit Rohidas's block to put the ball past Sreejesh and equalise.