Striker Mandeep Singh struck a brace as the Indian men's hockey team eked out a close 3-2 win over Great Britain to end its Europe tour on an unbeaten note on Monday.
Harmanpreet Singh's strike in the very first minute and two goals by Mandeep in the 28th and 59th minutes helped India remain undefeated on the tour.
For Great Britain, James Gall (20th) and striker Adam Forsyth (55th) were the goal scorers.
In its previous match, India's Simranjeet Singh had scored a late goal to hold Great Britain to a 1-1 draw and against Germany, the PR Sreejesh-led side had secured a 6-1 win and a 1-1 draw respectively.
On Monday, India started off aggressively and earned itself a penalty corner in the very first minute of the game. The opportunity was duly converted by India's vice captain Harmanpreet to give his side an early lead.
The early advantage helped India maintain pressure on its opponent, ending the first quarter with a 1-0 lead.
Great Britain restored parity in the 20th minute through midfielder James Gall's field goal.
The much-needed equaliser helped his team gain the right momentum. Putting India under pressure, Great Britain earned themselves a penalty corner, but its attempt was derailed by a brilliant save by India skipper Sreejesh.
India's moment to regain the lead came in the 28th minute when forward Mandeep successfully converted a penalty corner on the rebound.
Ahead by a goal, India rallied to extend the lead further with aggressive play in the third quarter.
Though India secured a penalty corner in the early minute of the third quarter and even made as many as five circle entries, it was denied each time by Great Britain defence.
ALSO READ |
India's defence, however, remained resolute as it held on to the 2-1 lead.
India dominated the proceedings at the start of the fourth quarter, but a quick turnaround saw Great Britain grabbing the opportunity as Alan Forsyth scored an equaliser in the 55th minute.
The last few minutes was a battle of nerves as both the teams lived up to the billing, but it was Mandeep who rose to the occasion as his late strike helped India cap off their first assignment of 2021 with a 3-2 win.
- Shooting LIVE Score Asian Games 2023: Anant eyes gold in men’s skeet final; Sift wins gold with WR, India wins 25m women’s pistol team gold
- IND vs AUS live score 3rd ODI: Marsh attacks Bumrah early after Australia opts to bat vs India
- Asian Games 2023, September 27 Live Updates from Hangzhou 2022: Esha Singh bags silver in 25m pistol, Samra wins 50m rifle 3p gold with new WR; Shiva Thapa in action, tennis results
- Table Tennis LIVE Score, Asian Games 2023: India Men’s Doubles R-64, Manav Thakkar and Manush Shah in action
- Asian Games 2023: Esha Singh bags silver in 25m pistol women’s final, Manu Bhaker finishes fifth