|December 2nd, 2012|
|8||Pool A||6:30pm||NZL - IND||2 - 4 (1 - 3)||Final||x 24|
New Zealand – India 2-4 (1-3 half-time)
The Indians continued to be the surprise team at the 2012 Champions Trophy after earning their second win in as many games thanks to a 4-2 victory against New Zealand. India, the lowest-ranked team at the tournament at #11 was clearly the better side against #6 New Zealand.
The Indians got off to an ominous start, scoring an own goal early into action to give New Zealand a 1-0 lead. But India was quick to atone for the miscue, firing in two consecutive goals coming four minutes apart to climb ahead to a 2-1 lead. Akashdeep Singh netter the first goal on a picture perfect effort and Gurwinder Singh Chani followed up by popping the ball between the legs of New Zealand goalie Devon Manchester in the 14th minute.
ndia built on its lead with 10 minutes left in the half when Raghunath VR deflected in a penalty corner shot to open up a 3-1 advantage.
New Zealand wasted no time in the second half getting back into the game. Nicholas Wilson fired in a shot from point blank range just two minutes into the half to make it a 3-2 affair. After the goal, India owned the second half, but Manchester stood his ground in net and kept the Indians from building on their lead for most of the half.
It wasn’t until the 65th minute that India could breathe easy when Danish Mujtaba deflected in the critical 4-2 marker, sealing India’s second win.
India is now the only squad in the eight-team Champions Trophy field that has two wins in its first two games, making Tuesday’s preliminary round finale an exciting day of hockey action with everything possible for quarterfinal placement.
|December 02nd, 2012 at 1:36 am||The last game of the day is underway in Melbourne. India looking to stay unbeaten against winless New Zealand|
|December 02nd, 2012 at 1:47 am||New Zealand takes the early lead after an Indian own goal -- our third own goal of the day|
|December 02nd, 2012 at 1:48 am||The Indians tie things up at one when Akashdeep Singh strikes with a picture perfect goal from the field. 1-1|
|December 02nd, 2012 at 1:51 am||India takes the 2-1 lead when Guwinder Singh Chandi finishes the play after a flurry of activity in front of the net|
|December 02nd, 2012 at 2:04 am||India is making it look easy. Raghunath VR steps up and easily scores on a pc -- score now 3-1 for India|
|December 02nd, 2012 at 2:15 am||India takes a 3-1 lead into halftime. New Zealand needs to pick it up a notch to get back into the game|
|December 02nd, 2012 at 2:24 am||We're back in action and New Zealand wastes no time cutting into the lead, scoring 2 minutes into the half.|
|December 02nd, 2012 at 2:40 am||India applying pressure, but still only leads by one goal with 20 minutes left. NZ still has a chance|