India thrash world no. 3 The Netherlands 5-2



From being 2-2 in the first half to win the match 5-2, the Indian hockey team has put its best foot forward against the Netherlands in their Pro League debut.

It was a high-intensity game, the men of Manpreet Singh bags three points in the opener version of 2020.

"We had the green light from our coach to move on from the start," said Rupinder Pal Singh, who scored a support (12th and 46th minutes). Gurjant Singh (1st), Mandeep Singh (34th) and Man-of-the-Match Lalit Upadhyay (36th) each scored a goal, while Jip Janssen (14th) and Jeroen Hertzberger (28th) each scored. visitors to Kalinga Stadium.

The Netherlands and India were tied at 2-2 at halftime and the Europeans tried to keep up the momentum, but the away side looked very good in the second half.

Four minutes into the second half, champion Manpreet created a brilliant ball, propelling him to Mandeep in the impressive circle, whose powerful blow gave India the lead (3-2).

India restored the lead with two goals when an unmarked Upadhyay kicked the ball into the unprotected net. Rupinder also hit the last nail in the coffin when he scored his second. His deadly move hit the board to put India 5-2 ahead.

On the eve of the match, India's head coach, Graham Reid, in Dutch midfielder Seve van Ass, had all talked about the unpredictability of the Indian hockey team. "You never know which Indian team will show up," van Ass said.