Punjab Gold Cup: India hold Holland, Germany draw New Zealand (Roundup)

February 4th, 2009 - 11:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 4 (IANS) India and the Netherlands played out a 2-2 draw in the Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament at Sector-42 stadium here Wednesday.Jeron Hertzberger and Greet Jan Derikk scored for the Netherlands while Shivender Singh and Prabhjot Singh struck for India in a keenly-contested match.

As the teams were levelled 2-2, the Netherlands got two penalty corners but thanks to Indian goalkeeper Baljit Singh, who once again made some good saves.

Baljit was India’s star in their win against Beijing Olympics champions Germany Tuesday, making as many as seven penalty corner saves. Tonight again, Baljit stuck to his task brilliantly.

In another match, Germany failed to find winning ways as they were once again held goalless by New Zealand in an evenly fought contest.

India, which held the Netherlands 4-4 in the first match, are still to suffer a defeat in the tournament. Both teams added one point to their tally to take it to eight.

India could have got the lead early as striker Prabhjot made a beautiful move in the 13th minute and single-handedly dribbled the ball into the Dutch corner but Rajpal Singh could not provide the finishing touch.

Hertzberger got the break for the Netherlands in the 32nd minute, sounding the board that gave the European champions a 1-0 lead.

Indian forward Shivender equalized in the second half (38th minute). He intercepted a long pass before hitting the ball past Holland’s goalkeeper Stockmamm.

Derek, however, converted one penalty corner in the 52nd minute to hand a 2-1 lead to the visitors.

India stepped up the pressure and Prabhjot struck after three minutes.

The Netherlands got penalty corners in the 63rd and 64th minute, but could not capitalise as Indian custodian Baljit stood like a wall.

Germany, who have fielded an experimental side in the tournament, is still to register a win in the tournament. They have two draws and two losses to show so far.

It was New Zealand goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex, who stood like a wall between the posts to thwart the German attack Wednesday. He was adjudged Man of the Match. Both teams have two points each after three games.

Germany paid heavily for missing out on three penalty corners that came their way while New Zealand were off-target twice.

New Zealand came close to break the deadlock in the 60th minute when striker Lloyd Stephenson reverse-hit struck the pole.

Both teams got one penalty corner apiece in the dying minutes of the game but failed to find the elusive winner.

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