Hosts India produced a magnificent comeback as they edged out World No.3 Netherlands in the shoot-out in their 2nd match of the 1st leg of the FIH Pro Hockey League at Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.
India dominated the 1st quarter but could not score. 2nd quarter goal flurry saw Netherlands go 3-1 up at the end of the half time. Van der Weerden opened the goal scoring for Netherlands converting a drag flick in the 24th minute. India equalized through Lalit Upadhyay in the very next minute but goals from Jeroen Hertzberger(26′) & Kellerman Bjorn(27′) in consecutive minutes helped Netherlands go up by 2 goals.
India played the last 10 minutes of the 3rd quarter with 10 players as captain Manpreet was sent out in the 35th minute for a Yellow card offense.
Mandeep Singh pulled one back for India in the 50th minute from rebound of a drag flick. Rupinder Pal Singh levelled the score in the 55th minute converting a penalty corner.
The shoot out saw Vivek Sagar Prasad,Gurjant and Akashdeep score for India while Netherlands could manage to score only once.
India secured 2 points from this match and they now end the 1st leg with a total of 5 points while Netherlands could manage only 1 point in the 2 matches.