India complete European tour with draw Vs Holland

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 12:49

Amsteelven: The Indian hockey team ended its European tour on a positive note by rallying to hold European champions The Netherlands to a 3-3 draw in the second and final Test at the Wagener Stadium.

India, trailing 1-2 at half-time, made a gallant turnaround to deny the world number four Dutch their second straight win ahead of the Euro-Nations Cup starting here next Saturday.

The goal scorers for India were Gurvinder Chandi (4th) and captain Sandeep Singh (59th and 68th), while Rogier Hofman (14th), Teun de Nooijer (16th) and Ronald Brouwer (39th minute) netted for Holland.
India began aggressively and earned their first penalty corner when Rajpal Singh was obstructed by Robert van der Horst.

Gurvinder Chandi slotted home in the fourth minute from a rebound offered by Dutch goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann.

The Dutch swung back with crafty midfield maneuvers from Laurence Docherty and Geert-Jan Derikx and attacks by Jeroen Hertzberger and Rob Reckers.

They were awarded a penalty corner when Arjun Halappa carried the ball in the eighth minute, but luckily for India, Adrian D`souza warded off Taeke Taekema`s effort diving to his right.

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First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 12:49

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