Champions Trophy Hockey 2018: India’s fight vs Australia wins hearts

India lost the Champions Trophy final for the second successive time against Australia on penalty shootouts and settled for silver at Breda, Netherlands. Australia was the superior side in the penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.

It was a repeat of 2016 final when Australia got the better of India via a controversial penalty shootout. Manpreet Singh was the only India who managed to convert his stroke while Sardar Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Lalit Upadhyay missed his stroke.

Australia got the lead in the second quarter thanks to a converted penalty corner by Govers Blake in the 24th minute. India keeper PR Sreejesh managed to get a hand to the shot but the ball trickled past him into the net.

India had the golden opportunity to take the lead in the 13th minute when a good pass from Dilpreet Singh was missed by the Australian player in front of the goal, but SV Sunil couldn’t make the right connection as the pass struck his foot. India managed to get back into the game at the start of the third quarter through Vivek Prasad in the 42nd minute.

Through the course of the tournament, India beat Pakistan and defending champions Argentina while held on for a draw against Belgium and Netherlands. They just lose to Australia twice, once in the pool stage and the other being the final.

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