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The Netherlands and India to lock horns for the last Pool B match

Bhubaneswar, 8 December 2014: As the Hero Champions Trophy 2014 enters into the 3rd day of competition, The Netherlands and India will lock-horns for their last match to finish the league round with a positive result. Tomorrow, India will step-on the blue astro-turf with a strong determination to win the third match at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar and earn their first point of the tournament. On the other side, The Netherlands will need just a point to solidify their top position in the Pool B.

India hockey team at a practice session at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar_1

India hockey team at a practice session at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar

In the tomorrow’s match, Team India has to attack continuously to create maximum opportunities to score as well as keep their defence-line unbreakable. The FIH Rank number 2 Netherlands, who finished Runners-up in the 2012 FIH Champions Trophy, has started with a big statement by winning two back-to-back matches in the tournament and they just need a draw to retain the top position in the pool. The Dutch may try some players from their bench strength but they also know the fact that India has the home advantage and they have been in a good form for last few months. Though they have lost last two matches, India has the players who are able to snatch victory from the opponents.

In the FIH Champions Trophy, The Netherlands won most of the matches against India and drew three. In their last meeting in the FIH Hockey World League 2012-13 Semi-Finals, The Netherlands beat India 2-0 after a strong resistance from the Asian team. Though the history is on the Dutch team’s side, Indian players led by Sardar Singh will fight hard to not to give any room to the opponents and emphasis more on the counter-attacks to score goals surprisingly.Tomorrow’s match will be one of the most sought matches in the tournament and the result will decide the future-course of the tournament.

Speaking ahead of the third match, The Netherlands Captain Robert van der Horst said, “Things are going in the right direction till as we won two matches in a row in our Pool. We have scored seven goals in these matches, which show our superiority and the in-form of our players. We want to win the last match against India to finish league round as Table Toppers.”

Ahead of the match against India, The Netherlands Coach Max Caldas said, “This is a great performance by our team till now in the championship. The team has gelled well among the experienced and young players, and both are complementing each other’s efforts.”

Speaking ahead of the match, India’s VR Raghunath said, “We are working on yesterday’s mistakes and preparing hard to put up good show against The Netherlands. Our team was disappointed after losing the closely-fought match against Argentina, but we have rectified the areas. We are confident to take on the Dutch team and give our best to finish the league round with a positive result.”

Ahead of the match, Hockey India’s Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans said, “The last two matches are very disappointing for us. We made mistakes and failed at some areas in the defence-line. Today, we have worked hard to overcome in those areas and strengthen our team combination. The Netherlands is a strong team and they have good players, but we have strategies for them and the players who have abilities to change the match. We are ready and looking forward to tomorrow’s match against the Dutch team.”

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