Champions Trophy hockey: India goes down fighting to Australia

The loss meant India slumped to third spot in the standings with six points from two wins.

Harmanpreet Singh celebrates a goal during a Champions Trophy match in Breda.   -  PTI

India fought valiantly before going down 2-3 to world champion Australia to slump to its first defeat in the FIH Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Breda on Wednesday.

Australia produced its best show of the tournament and scored through Lachlan Sharp (6th minute), Tom Craig (15th) and Trent Mitton (33rd) to secure full points.

The Indians, however, did not give up and fought till the end, scoring through Varun Kumar (10th) and Harmanpreet Singh (58th), producing a nail-biting finish.

The loss meant India slumped to third spot in the standings with six points from two wins behind host Netherlands (6 points), while Australia climbed to the top with seven points from three games.

The top two sides after the round robin stage of the six-team event will play in the final of the tournament on Sunday. India will next play Belgium on Thursday.

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