India’s quarter-final hopes met a sudden demise as they misplaced 4-5 on penalties in opposition to New Zealand after drawing 3-3 in regulation time on the Hockey World Cup right here on the Kalinga Stadium right here tonight.
Dropping the match did not matter as India had been main 3-1 until the forty third minute. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that the hosts snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. They had been completely profligate and, regardless of taking the lead, by no means appeared like a assured aspect. Regardless of the assist of the large crowd and a 3-1 lead, the boys in blue went chilly beneath the stress and any plans that they had had been merely wasted.
India gained 10 penalty corners however might solely convert one, whereas the Kiwis took solely two penalty corners and transformed each to make it 3-3.
And within the penalty shootout, the 2 groups had been once more tied 3-3 and in sudden demise, the Indians twice missed possibilities to win and paid the worth, leaving their a whole bunch of supporters virtually in sobs.
Within the penalty shootout, Harmanpreet Singh, Raj Kumar Pal and Sukhjeet Singh exchanged targets, whereas Abhishek and Shamsher Singh missed their possibilities. Sean Findlay and Hayden Philips transformed for Kiwis Nic Woods, whereas Sam Lane and Sam Hiha sat out.
Solely Raj Kumar Pal scored in sudden demise for India, Harmanpreet, Sukhjeet and Shamsher bowled out the staff, Kiwis Sean Findlay and Sam Lane transformed, Nic Woods and Hyden Philips failed.
Main 2-1 at half-time, India had been scorers by Lalit Upadhya, Sukhjit Singh and Varun Kumar (one every). Sam Lane, Kane Russell and Sean Findlay scored for New Zealand.
India opened on a brisk notice, making some early assaults on the opposition; defended, however couldn’t break it. The Kiwis responded with harmful strikes from Sam Hiha and Sam Lane, however the Indian protection held agency and thwarted the assaults.
Backed by a raucous packed stadium, the house aspect’s Shamsher Singh made a great transfer down the precise however couldn’t minimize via the packed defence.
Mandeep Singh then had a solo effort from the precise and went into the circle from the left flank, incomes India a penalty nook. Harmanpreet didn’t convert it.
Akashdeep ran down the center and moved down the precise flank however his highly effective drive was brilliantly saved by keeper Dominic Dixon.
Each groups attacked one another’s fort from the flanks with India having extra possession. It was within the seventeenth minute that the house aspect took the lead when Akashdeep made a transfer and handed the ball to Shamsher, who in flip headed it to Lalit Updhaya and the Uttar Pradesh striker made no mistake in slotting the ball dwelling and the packed stadium erupted ( 1-O)
The house aspect stored up the stress which earned them two penalty kicks however Harmanpreet didn’t convert after which Lalit Upadhya missed a chance to make a comeback.
Seven minutes later, India took their fourth penalty kick and on the stroke of the ball, Sukhjit Singh despatched the ball into the aim (2-0) and the gang within the stands went wild (2-0).
The Kiwis refused to budge and counter-attacked and lowered the deficit within the twenty eighth minute as Simone Little one and Sam Lane went ahead in tandem, this time Lane scoring from close to the again line (1-2) and the stadium was left in silence. .
The Indians then elevated their lead within the fortieth minute via Varun Kumar to the delight of the gang, however the Kiwis rallied strongly and compelled two penalty corners earlier than Kane Russell and Sean Findley transformed to equalize and drive the match right into a penalty shootout.
“That is the tip of the World Cup,” mentioned hockey fan Sujoy Mohapatra. “Actually, the World Cup of Hockey died for us at present,” he mentioned
Earlier, Malaysia additionally confronted sudden demise once they went down 3-4 on penalties to Spain.
After a scoreless first half, Spain and Malaysia relinquished the lead within the second half however had been unable to interrupt the impasse which led to a penalty shootout. Once more, the shootout was tied 3-3, which led to sudden demise and Spain prevailed.
Within the penalty shootout, Firhan Ashari, Faizal Saari, Shahmi Irfan Suhainmi transformed for Malaysia, whereas captain Marhan Jalil and Shello Silverius missed their tries.
Marc Miralles, Jordi Bonastre, Xavier Gispert within the Spanish nationwide staff managed to beat goalkeeper Hafizuddin Othman, whereas Alvaro Iglesias and Mark Reine failed.
In sudden demise, Marc Miralles scored for Spain and Firhan Ashari was trampled on ghis try and gained as he handed the ball.
Spain dominated the primary half with good possibilities and two penalty corners, however goalkeeper Hafizuddin made some beautiful saves to disclaim the European aspect any breakthrough.
Malaysia shocked Spain within the second minute of the second half when Faizal Saari produced an excellent solo effort previous a number of defenders and into the web, conserving goalkeeper Adrian Rafi unaware (1-0).
Nevertheless, the benefit lasted till the eighth minute as Spain took their fourth penalty nook, which led to a shoot-out and Marc Miralles made no mistake in changing it (1-1).
Two minutes later, Spain took the lead via Xavier Gispert, however within the forty eighth minute, Malaysia equalized via Shello Silverius (2:2). In between, a Malaysian aim was disallowed
Spain had two penalty kicks within the remaining minutes of regulation, however didn’t capitalize on them. Because of the stalemate, a penalty shootout was utilized to find out the winner of the quarter finals.