India Crash Out After Suffering Defeat Against New Zealand in Penalty Shootout

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Edited By: Aditya Maheshwari

Last Updated: January 22, 2023, 21:44 IST

New Zealand beat India to reach quarterfinals (PTI Image)

New Zealand beat India to reach quarterfinals (PTI Image)

India failed to capitalise on a 3-1 lead in the third quarter and allowed New Zealand to score twice to end the match 3-3 in regulation time.

India suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the crossover match against New Zealand via a penalty shootout at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. India were in control of the game for the first three quarters but they failed to hold the nerves in the final quarter as New Zealand found a late equaliser for a 3-3 stalemate at the full time on Sunday.

It was a shocking defeat for India who started the match as favourites being the higher-ranked side than New Zealand. The Men in Blue failed to hold the two-goal cushion for a longer period of time throughout the match as a result New Zealand kept the Indian team on their toes.

India vs New Zealand Hockey World Cup Match Highlights

Lalit Upadhyay (17th minute), Sukhjeet Singh (24th) and Varun Kumar (40th) were the goal-scorers for India in the regulation time while New Zealand replied through Sam Lane (28th) and two penalty-corner conversions by Kane Russell (43rd) and Sean Findlay (49th).

It was a thrilling penalty shootout where a 9 shots were saved, five by New Zealand and four by India.

New Zealand will now take on reigning world champions Belgium in the quarterfinals.

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