FIH Pro League 2020, India vs Netherlands: A perfect start, two wins from two games. The first was an outright 5-2 win and the second after a splendid fightback with match score 3-3, a 3-1 win in the penalty shootout gave the home team a morale boosting start it wanted in its inaugural appearance in the FIH Pro League 2020. India got the better of the Netherlands, who had won a bronze medal, in the inaugural edition of the League last year.
And the win today was once again spearheaded by a team effort, thanks to a late second half penJeroen Hertzberger and Bjorn Kellerman put the Netherlands ahead 3-1.alty corner conversion by Rupendra Pal Singh after Mandeep Singh had followed an earlier penalty corner flick with a goal finish. So Rupendra Pal Singh, Mandeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay were once again the scorers for the home team.
And in the final penalty shootout, it was Vivek Gurjant and Akashdeep Singh who made sure that India gets an extra one point for the win in the penalty shootout. At the end of the games against the Netherlands India has five points against one by their opponents.
Like yesterday, it was a fierce contest between two of the five top five teams of the world. Shaken by the opening game defeat, the Netherlands looked like in a much better shape as it one stage, by the end of the second quarter, had built a comfortable 3-1 lead.I interestingly, four goals in four minutes were the highlights of the second quarter. After Van der Warden put the Netherlands ahead in the 23rd minute with a penalty corner conversion. Two minutes later Lalit Upadhyay brought the teams at par with a brilliant placement goal. Two more goals in the next two minutes by Jeroen Hertzberger and Bjorn Kellerman had put the Netherlands in a comfortable 3-1 lead.
It was left for the home team not only to wipe out the deficit which it did through goals by Mandeep Singh and Rupendra Pal Singh but also clinch a win in the penalty shootout to keep its slate clean.