Hockey: India ends European tour with a win against Austria

The match was set for a dramatic ending, equal score line and anyone who can find the break wins the tie and that exactly happened in the dying moment of the game when Chinglensana scored a sensational goal when Ramandeep made a brilliant circle penetration to find Gurjant Singh.

 


Indian hockey team end their European tour on a high note, defeating strong Austria side 4-3 in their final encounter of the tour. The team wrapped up the tour with three wins and two losses. Double goals from Chinglensana and Ramanadeep guided India to finish line.

The Austrian side started the match very positively, keeping the most of the possession, swift passing and struck early on through Oliver Binder in the 14th minute to end the first quarter with a 1-0 lead. In the second half, India looked more direct and made amends after they won a penalty corner in the 25 minute. A clever variation saw comeback-man Amit Rohidas pass the ball to Ramandeep Singh who deflected the ball into the circle to equalise the scores.

After the equalizer, India went into half time with more confidence and came back as a stronger team with clear purpose and that is better attacked. They made better circle penetrations and a brilliant breakthrough came in when Ramandeep scored a rollicking field goal in the 32nd minute. It was a reverse hit from the top of the circle which flew past the Austrian goalkeeper to give India a 2-1 lead.

India looked confident and nearly increased through another penalty corner but the chance was squandered away. However, another opportunity created by Mandeep Singh was coolly converted by vice-captain Chinglensana in the 37th minute and going into the final 15 minutes, India held a comfortable 3-1 lead.

But the game was not over, determined Austria fought back to put one past the Indian goalkeeper when they won a PC and Michael Korper converted it successfully in the 53rd minute to set up a close finish.

For Austria, Oliver Binder (14th), Michael Korper (53rd) and Patrick Schmidt (55th) sounded the board. With five minutes on the clock, Austria began pushing India on the back foot and managed to level the score via Patrick Schmidt

The match was set for a dramatic ending, equal score line and anyone who can find the break wins the tie and that exactly happened in the dying moment of the game when Chinglensana scored a sensational goal when Ramandeep made a brilliant circle penetration to find Gurjant Singh.