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Hockey Pro League Highlights: India suffer 1-4 loss against Netherlands in FIH Pro League

Hockey Pro League Highlights: India suffer 1-4 loss against Netherlands in FIH Pro League

India began the second leg of the European tour in FIH Pro League with a 1-4 loss against Netherlands on Wednesday, 7th June 2023. Duco Telgenkamp scored twice for the hosts while Pepijn Reyenga and Boris Burakhardt also got on to the scoresheets for the hosts. India will next face Argentina on Thursday.

Hockey Pro League Highlights: – India began the second leg of the European tour in FIH Pro League with a 1-4 loss against Netherlands on Wednesday, 7th June 2023. Duco Telgenkamp scored twice for the hosts while Pepijn Reyenga and Boris Burakhardt also got on to the scoresheets for the hosts. India will next face Argentina on Thursday.

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India were first to make an impression on the scoresheet when a shot from their second penalty corner hit the Dutch first wave on the shin and they were awarded a penalty stroke. Harmanpreet Singh powered it into the bottom left for a 1-0 lead. 

That lead lasted until the first break. But the Netherlands found the equaliser at the start of the second quarter when Joep de Mol threw an overhead across the circle to Pepijn Reyenga making it difficult for the Indian defence to prevent the 21-year-old from drilling it in for his first international goal.

The Netherlands were awarded a penalty corner with five minutes left in the third quarter. An exquisite drag flick from another debutant, Boris Burkhardt, into the top left of goal took the score to 2-1.

Less than a minute later the Netherlands took a quick free hit after turning over possession near the halfway line. Reyenga took the ball into the circle and found Bijen Koen on the baseline who played it across the goalmouth where the Indian defence failed to clear and it fell for yet another debutant, Duco Telgenkamp, to flick it in from the back post.

There was more to come from the Dutch, a solo reverse stick effort from Telgenkamp once again finding the back of the net. India had the chance to get one back when they were awarded another penalty stroke in the dying seconds, but Pirmin Blaak made the save to seal the 4-1 victory.

Duco Telgenkamp was named player of the match and said: “The game was tough, my first international game. The tempo was a bit higher than a normal game, so my lungs were on fire after the first half. But it was a good game, we battled hard, and we won.” 

Hockey Pro League Highlights: India suffer 1-4 loss against Netherlands in FIH Pro League

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