Indian men’s hockey team made out a close 3-2 win over Great Britain to end their Europe tour on an unbeaten note on Monday. With the help of Harmanpreet Singh’s strike in the very first minute and two goals by Mandeep in the 28th and 59th minutes helped India remain undefeated on the tour. For Great Britain, James Gall (20th) and striker Adam Forsyth (55th) were the goal scorers.
In their previous match, India’s Simranjeet Singh had scored a late goal to hold Great Britain to a 1-1 draw and against Germany, the PR Sreejesh-led side had secured a 6-1 win and a 1-1 draw respectively.
India led an aggressive start in the game against Great Britain
On Monday, India started off aggressively and also got penalty corner in the very first minute of the game which was converted by India’s vice captain Harmanpreet to give his side an early lead. The first quarter ended with a 1-0 lead over the opponents. Great Britain equalled the score in the 20th minute through midfielder James Gall’s field goal. Putting India under pressure, Great Britain earned themselves a penalty corner, but their attempt was derailed by a brilliant save by India skipper Sreejesh.
In the 28th minute Mandeep successfully converted a penalty corner on the rebound. Ahead by a goal, India rallied to extend the lead further with aggressive play in the third quarter. Though India secured a penalty corner in the early minute of the third quarter and even made as many as five circle entries, they were denied each time by Great Britain defence. In the fourth quarter Great Britain’s Alan Forsyth scored an equaliser in the 55th minute to make the score 2-2. In the dying minutes Mandeep’s late strike helped India to win 3-2