Punjab Gold Cup: Keenly fought matches are drawn (Roundup)

February 2nd, 2009 - 12:04 am ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 1 (IANS) The second day of the Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament Sunday saw two keenly contested matches with all four participating teams drawing level. The high-scoring game between hosts India and the Netherlands ended in a 4-4 draw.Earlier, Olympic champions Germany fought back to hold New Zealand 2-2 in their match. The Kiwis took the lead in the game with a 2-0 scoreline over Germany.

The German side, playing with only four Beijing Olympics players, bounced back in the second half by equalising the score 2-2.

In the India-Holland game, after being put on the mat by the Dutch team in most of the first half with a 0-2 score-line, India scored three goals in four minutes just before the first half ended.

Forward Shivender Singh, who was declared man of the match, chipped in with goals in the 29th and 32nd minutes. Prabhjot Singh added to the tally with a goal in the 31st minute. At half time, the score line read 3-2 in India’s favour.

Hockey lovers, who came to the stadium in good numbers, had a lot of excitement with goals being scored by both sides.

Holland pulled level with India at 3-3 in the 48th minute with its skipper Timme Hoyng equalising through a pass from the mid-field. Both sides kept up the pressure in the second half.

Indian skipper Sandeep Singh then failed to convert a penalty stroke.

India took the lead again in the 61st minute, with S.V. Sunil scoring a field goal. Holland returned the favour to level at 4-4 after Geert Jan Derikx hit a rebound of a penalty corner.

India and Holland, with one win and a draw each in their kitty, top the table in the four-nation tournament. New Zealand and Germany have lost one game each and drawn the other.

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