Jan 20, 1 year ago

India storms into final of “Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament”

India storms into final of “Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament”

Indian Hockey Team thrashed the hosts New Zealand by 3-1 to reach the finals of “Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament” at Blake Park, Tauranga on Saturday.

India will now take on the in form Belgium team in the finals who defeated Japan by 4-1 in their last group stage match.

After their 0-2 loss in the previous match against Belgium, India started the proceedings well & stay composed throughout the match.

India drew the first blood in second minute of the match after Harmanpreet scored a brilliant penalty corner to make it 1-0 for the Blues. Early goal put the Blackcaps on the backfoot.

The next few minutes saw India building up their defence with Rupinder Pal Singh, who was rested for the match against Belgium, leading the charge of defenders & not allowing New Zealand any kind of movement inside the circle.

Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament

Dilpreet with his brilliant slice put the ball past the New Zealand goal post in the 21st minute to double the Indian lead over Black sticks.

Trailing India by 0-2 for most of the time, New Zealand started to push the things forward & started to build pressure on Indian defence. They also got rewarded for their continuous pressure as Russell(45′) scored the opening goal for his team through penalty corner to decrease the gap by 1-2.

However, Mandeep Singh with his excellent goal in the 47th minute destroyed all New Zealand’s hopes of a late comeback & India recorded their second victory in three games to enter finals of Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament.

Indian hockey team started the tournament with a brilliant win over Japan by 6-0. However they lost the next match to Belgium by 0-2 but ended the group stage on high after thrashing New Zealand by 3-1.

India will be up against Belgium in the Final on 21st Jan (6:30 AM IST).

Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament Results :

Match Date Stage Score Winner Scorer Point After Match
Stage 1
India Vs Japan 17 Jan – 10:15 Am Group Stage 6-0 India Rupinder Pal Singh
Vivek prasad *2
Dilpreet Singh *2
Harmanpreet SIngh
India – 3 (+6)
NUZ – 3 (+1)
BEL – 0 (-1)
JPN -0 (-6)
India Vs Belgium 18 Jan – 10:15 Am Group Stage 0-2 Belgium NUZ – 6 (+4)
India – 3 (+4)
BEL – 3 (+1)
JPN -0 (-9)
India Vs New Zealand 20 Jan – 4:45 Am Group Stage 3-1 India Mandeep Singh
Dilpreet Singh
Harmanpreet Singh
India 6 (+6)
Belgium 6 (+4)
New Zealand 6(+2)
Japan 0 (-12)
India Vs Belgium 21Jan Final 1-2 Belgium Mandeep Singh
Stage 2
India Vs New Zealand 27 Jan – 4:45 Am Group Stage 3-2 India Lalit Upadhyay
Rupinder Pal Singh
Harjeet Singh
India 3 (+1)
Belgium 3 (+1)
New Zealand 0 (-1)
Japan 0 (-1)
India Vs Belgium 25 Jan – 10:15 Am Group Stage 5-4 India Rupinder Pal Singh *2
Harmanpreet SIngh
Lalit Upadhyay
Dilpreet Singh
India – 6 (+2)
NUZ – 3 (+3)
BEL – 3 (0)
JPN -0 (-5)
India Vs Japan 24 Jan – 10:15 Am Group Stage 4-2 India Ramandeep Singh
Vivek prasad
Varun Kumar
Mandeep Singh
India – 9 (+4)
BEL – 6 (+4)
NUZ – 3 (-1)
JPN -0 (-7)
India Vs Belgium 28 Jan – 8:30 AM Final 4-4 (0-3) Belgium Mandeep Singh
Ramandeep Singh *2
Nilankanta Sharma


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