Simranjeet Singh scored the lone goal for the Indian team.
A resilient performance from the Indian men’s hockey team against Great Britain in their third match of the European tour saw them play out a 1-1 draw in Antwerp on Saturday. Striker Simranjeet Singh’s late equaliser in the 57th minute ensured India remain unbeaten on the tour. For Great Britain, Alan Forsyth scored the goal in the 2nd quarter.
India dominated with ball possession early in the match and used the hard press to tame Great Britain’s attack. However, their first real opportunity came in the 10th minute when they earned themselves a PC but was denied by the goalkeeper PR Sreejesh who made an excellent save. Though both teams created a number of opportunities in the first quarter, neither could convert.
Ending the first quarter in a 0-0 stalemate, the Great Britain men started the second period aggressively and won themselves yet another PC, but the Indian custodian Krishan B Pathak, who replaced Sreejesh for the second quarter, made an outstanding save to deny them from drawing the first blood. In return, India did create potential opportunities in Great Britain’s striking circle but couldn’t convert.
However, within a few minutes, Alan Forsyth’s strike helped Great Britain to break the deadlock, making the scoreline 1-0 at the end of the second half.
A dominating start to the third quarter saw Great Britain earning back-to-back penalties, but India managed to nullify the threat. Vying for an equaliser, India penetrated twice inside Great Britain’s striking circle, but couldn’t make the most out of it.
In their bid to score an equaliser, the World No. 4 went all out in the attack, penetrating as many as three times in the striking circle at the start of the final quarter but were denied each time. After being tested hard, the Indian team got their rewards in the 57th minute as Simranjeet’s goal denied Great Britain a close win.
The Indian team will play their fourth and final match of the European tour on Monday against Great Britain at 1830 hrs IST.