The Indian men's hockey team loses 1-2 against New Zealand in the Olympic test event

Tokyo (Japan), August 18 () The Indian men's hockey team wasted an early lead to fight 1-2 against New Zealand in their second game of the Olympic Test event here on Sunday.

Captain Harmanpreet Singh beat India in the second minute by converting a Penalty Corner, but New Zealand struck back in the last quarter through two well-crafted field goals: Jacob Smith (47 ') and Sam Lane (60') To have the last laugh.

India had an impressive start in the tournament, beating Malaysia 6-0 in their first game, but the defeat of the second game means they are currently sitting in second place in the points table with one game to go.

India will face the hosts Japan on Tuesday.

The No. 5 of the Indian world began the game with an aggressive approach and a possession dominated in the first minutes at Oi Hockey Stadium.

India won its first Penalty Corner in just the second minute, which was beautifully converted by its dragman Harmanpreet to give his team a quick start and a 1-0 lead.

The Indian team continued to attack and won another Penalty Corner in the sixth minute, but could not find the target.

It was a difficult phase for the New Zealand team, as they were under constant pressure, but given their recent experience of playing in the FIH Pro League, the No. 8 team in the world defended well and avoided giving another goal before the break. break.

India tried to extend its advantage in the first minutes of the third quarter through a good combination of play within the circle of blows from New Zealand, however, they could not find another breakthrough.

Harmanpreet had another opportunity to extend his team's lead in the 42nd minute, but New Zealand goalkeeper Richard Joyce made a good save.

The last quarter of the game saw New Zealand change momentum when they began attacking the Indians at the counter.

It was in the 47th minute that New Zealand achieved a good combination in the Indian half, and produced an effective attack that saw Jacob Smith find the bottom of the net to match.

With a great blow, India sought to restore its advantage of a goal in the remaining minutes. They had some opportunities within the last quarter but could not capitalize. With just one minute left on the clock, it was New Zealand's turn to counteract and its execution was perfect, as he scored the winner through Sam Lane, who took advantage of the fact that India had no players in defense. ATK ATK