Champions Trophy Hockey 2018: India’s fight vs Australia wins hearts

first_imgIndia lost the Champions Trophy final for the second successive time against Australia on penalty shootouts and settled for silver at Breda, Netherlands.Australia were the superior side in the penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.It was a repeat of the 2016 final when Australia got the better of India via a controversial penalty shootout.Manpreet Singh was the only India who managed to convert his stroke while Sardar Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Lalit Upadhyay missed his stroke.For Australia, Aran Zalanewski, Daniel Blale and Jeremy Edwards converted to give the Kangaroos their 15th title.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSAustralia got the lead in the second quarter thanks to a converted penalty corner by Govers Blake in the 24th minute. India keeper PR Sreejesh managed to get a hand to the shot but the ball trickled past him into the net.India had the golden opportunity to take the lead in the 13th minute when a good pass from Dilpreet Singh was missed by the Australian player in front of the goal, but SV Sunil couldn’t make the right connection as the pass struck his foot.India managed to get back into the game at the start of the third quarter through Vivek Prasad in the 42nd minute. The Australian defence finally bowed to the perseverance of the Indian attacks, with Vivek blasting the ball in to net.Throughout the history of FIH Champions Trophy, India and Australia have played against each other 17 times. India have only two wins to show from those meetings while Australia have won 13 of those times and two times, the match has ended in a high-scoring draw.advertisementEven as India lost the final, their fight till the last minute of the match impressed social media.Twitter praised the Indian team for fighting tooth and nail against the defending champions and also hailed the team for showing grit against these higher-ranked teams throughout the tournament.Through the course of the tournament, India beat Pakistan and defending champions Argentina while held on for a draw against Belgium and Netherlands. They just lose to Australia twice, once in the pool stage and the other being the final.Loss but in the final! Matched up to the champions indeed. Defence takes the limelight for India throughout! Proud of the team @TheHockeyIndia! Big future awaits.#INDvAUS #HCT2018 #ChampionsTrophySavi (@Savi_S9) July 1, 2018Well Played IndiaWining & losing is part of sports but they way Indian Team fought with Australia in Final of Champions Trophy till last minute was extraordinary !For us,you are still champions !#HCT2018 #INDvAUS Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) July 1, 2018Tough luck #TeamIndia. Youve played fantastic hockey throughout #HCT2018. We fought hard till the ene, especially for those 60 mins. Shootouts are always tricky.Feel proud! Congratulations for [email protected] #INDvAUS #IndiaKaGameRupinder Pal Singh (@rupinderbob3) July 1, 2018Lost the final, but not a bad run in the end. Defeat hurts but well played..1. Beat Pakistan 4-02. Beat Oly champs ARG 2-13. Lost to AUS 2-34. Held Oly runners-up BEL 1-15. Held NED 1-16. Held AUS 1-1 in the final (lost 1-3 in shootout)#HCT2018 #INDvAUSJaspreet Sahni (@JaspreetSSahni) July 1, 2018Damnmm soo freaking close to winning.. But….. Good one Australia..India you have my heart always. Well played nevertheless. #INDvAUS #HockeyVaishnavi (@vk_hermosavida) July 1, 2018Despite the result, truly an amazing performance from the @TheHockeyIndia team. This should give so much confidence ahead of the world cup. #INDvAUS #IndiaKaGameSuresh Raj Kumar (@Suresh_MUFC) July 1, 2018I am proud of this team. As followers of hockey, we know we used to get battered by Belgium, Netherlands & Australia and now we are beating them & giving them tough fight. super proud we r coached by an IndianGet your head held high boys ! @TheHockeyIndia #INDvAUSAnirban Chakraborty (@anirban_thestar) July 1, 2018Refreshing to see India plays like this in hockey. Cup is not ours but our team played like a champion really ! #INDvAUSGanesh (@GaneshPadmanabh) July 1, 2018#indvaus ind is definitely a contender to win a medal comes the world cup if this form continuesmaddy (@sharmamaddy4321) July 1, 2018Some people on social media reminded that India needed to work on their penalty shootout skills while some were just happy to hear the Dutch cheer India in the stadium.We’re so bad at penalty shootout. Played so better throughout the game but again ended on a losing side.#INDvAUS #HCT2018Omkar Shinde (@omviously) July 1, 2018Australia Wins Champions Trophy Hockey For 15th Time Beating India 3-1 In Penalty Shootout. India Is Still Runners Up. Well Played. Need To Focus On Penalty Shootouts. All The Best For Next Tournament. #ChampionsTrophyHockey #HCT2018 #ChampionsTrophy #INDvAUS Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) July 1, 2018AUS score. IND lose another heartbreaker to AUS. What a disappointing end to a fine tournament. We have never won #ChampionsTrophy & now we never will. (@KarikadaiBoy) July 1, 2018Happiness is seeing people from another country cheer for your team.The Dutch people shouting INDIA INDIA is the best thing about this matchIt’s a thriller.#INDvAUS Rai (@RoshanKrRai) July 1, 2018Despite the loss, PR Sreejesh, for his outstanding work throughout the tournament, got the award for the best goalkeeper of the Champions Trophy Hockey 2018.Congrats to @16Sreejesh as his consistently good form throughout the Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 earns him the accolade of the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.#IndiaKaGame #INDvAUS #HCT2018 India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018last_img