The Indian men’s hockey team bowed out of the 2018 Hockey World Cup after suffering a 1-2 defeat against World No.4 Netherlands in the quarterfinals at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. Both the teams played aggressive hockey throughout the game but Mink van der Weerden’s goal in the final quarter proved to be the decisive difference between the two teams. India started exceptionally well, scoring the first goal through a penalty corner in the 12th minute.
Akashdeep Singh gave India an early breakthrough in the game with his brilliant reverse flick. The hosts, however failed to keep the lead and Thierry Brinkman soon scored the equalizer for the Netherlands. He scored a field goal roughly after 3 minutes. Both the teams then constantly searched for the opportunities in the second and third quarter but none were able to break the defense of the other side. However, Weerden ended the quest for lead and scored a goalin the 50th minute of the game. Netherlands got a crucial advantage by getting a penalty corner , which they successfully converted into a goal. A goal in that situation was like a lifeline to Dutch. Indian attackers tried very hard to level the score, but were could not get past the experienced Dutch defense.
The Netherlands will now take on defending champions Australia in the semifinals of the tournament.