India vs New Zealand Hockey World Cup 2023: The hosts lose to New Zealand in a penalty shootout

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    The heartbreaking news for India s they lost to New Zealand in Hockey World Cup and couldn’t make it to the quarterfinals. Apparently, both teams ended in a 3-3 draw and the penalty shot was announced. Here, India scored one goal while New Zealand landed two goals, making the scoreboard 4-5. In the quarter-final, the New Zealand team will face Belgium. On the other hand, Spain will face Australia. For New Zealand, it took 19 shots to defeat India and get to the quarterfinal.

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    India’s coach Graham Reid was a bit disappointed with their loss. Previously, he had warned the team that faced New Zealand won’t be an easy task. Sean Findlay hit two goals, one in the regular time and another one he shot in the penalty. Earlier, India’s captain Harmanpreet initiated the first goal by passing the ball to Akashdeep Singh who sent it to Shamsher Singh. It was then sent to Lalit Upadhyay in the 18th minute. Nilakanto Sharma’s 3rd shot rebound got canceled for a backstick from Abhishek in the final pass. Post two minutes, Sukjeet had a rebound off another PC but there wasn’t any dilemma. The Indians again couldn’t make it to the finale

    In the crossover match between India and New Zealand held on Sunday, the latter beat the former and qualified for the quarter-finals. In the full-time, the teams had tied the match at 3-3 at the Kalinga stadium in Odisha. India was at the second position in Pool D.

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    The hosts ranked sixth and showed a terrible performance. Lalit Upadhyay scored the first goal in the 17th minute, Sukhjeet Singh in the 24th, and Varun Kumar in the 40th. To this, New Zealand replied through Sam Lane who gave the first goal in the 28th minute, and the penalty conversion done by Sean Findlay and him.

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