India Wins Bronze In Hockey World League Final – Defeat Netherlands 3 – 2 In Penalty Shootout

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Indian hockey team ended their 33 year medal drought at the hockey world league final today when they defeated none other than the defending champions Netherlands 3 – 2 in the penalty shootout. India’s last medal at a major international event was 1982 Champions Trophy gold.

Rupinder Pal Singh Celebrates His Goal Against Netherlands
Rupinder Pal Singh Celebrates His Goal Against Netherlands Photo FIH

The bronze medal match in Raipur today had all elements of a Hollywood thriller. The match see-sawed between the two sides as Netherlands took lead of 2 – 0 in the first quarter. Mirco Pruisjer and Niek van der Schoot scored from field goals as the Indian defence was looking anything but confident. But India came in the subsequent quarters with Rupinder Pal Singh Singh and Ramandeep Singh equalizing the teams.

More drama unfolded in the last quarter as India took the lead via Ramandeep’s second goal and scored two more to go 5 – 3 up. But the Dutch side dug deep and produced two of their own in the last two minutes to tie the match 5 – 5. As the battle went to penalty shootout, Indians held their nerves to clinch the Bronze medal via a 3 – 2 score.

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Soumyajit is an SAP technical consultant with a flair for writing. An avid blog reader, he started off with a free WordPress blog and slowly moved to his own personal news and blog site. Apart from writing he loves reading books, playing table tennis and long bike trips. He is currently trying to learn playing guitar and failing miserably.

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