India had their unbeaten run at the ongoing Hero Hockey World League Semi Finals ended on Tuesday as they fell 1-3 to higher-ranked Netherlands. Despite the loss, India have made it through to the quarter-finals of the tournament, having won their first three games on the trot.
World No.4 the Netherlands beat India 3-1 in a high voltage game here at the Hero Hockey World League Semi Final on Tuesday. While Akashdeep Singh (28') was the lone scorer for India, Thierry Brinkman (2'), Sander Baart (12') and Mirco Pruijser (24') scored for the Netherlands. With the top spot in Pool B at stake, the encounter between India and the Netherlands promised to be feisty and the teams did not disappoint as they kept the crowd entertained hooter-to-hooter with top-quality hockey. The first 15 minutes saw Indian goalkeeper Akash Chikte put under the pump right from the start with Dutch strikers keeping him busy. Though the young custodian stood up to the challenge with some brave saves, he was taken by surprise when Dutch defender dispossessed Sardar Singh to set up Thierry Brinkman who scored the first goal for the Netherlands in the 2nd minute. The next few minutes saw the Indian
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