India 4-0 New Zealand: 3rd/4th place playoff, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2017, As It Happened!

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedMay 06, 2017 17:48 IST

India 4-0 New Zealand, FULL TIME


17:48 (IST)6 MAY 2017

That's it. Thank you for joining us. We will be back again with more Indian Hockey action.

Till then. Goodbye and have a good day.

17:46 (IST)6 MAY 2017

India saved the best for last. And what a performance. The Penalty Corners finally were converted. SV Sunil and Talwinder Singh with their first goals of the tournament.

Sardar Singh and Manpreet with outstanding in midfield and the Indian defence was at its impregnable.

Roelant Oltmans should be a happy man today.

17:44 (IST)6 MAY 2017

And that's it!! The hooter sounds. Comprehensive win for INDIA!!!

17:43 (IST)6 MAY 2017


Talwinder with the goal. Gets a ball near the baseline at the edge of the circle. Cuts in and hits on the reverse and that is 4-0.

17:41 (IST)6 MAY 2017

59' -  Rain is tumbling down here as India look to wrap this up!!

17:41 (IST)6 MAY 2017

58' - WHAT A BALL!!

Sardar Singh is back in his element in this game. Goes out to Pardeep on the right. He tries to catch Manchester out in goal. Goes for a shot instead of a pass but the Kiwi keeper is there at hand to keep the shot out.

17:40 (IST)6 MAY 2017

And that appeal has been upheld. NO GOAL!!!

17:39 (IST)6 MAY 2017

But wait!! NZ are appealing this for a backstick from Manpreet.

17:39 (IST)6 MAY 2017

57' - GOAAALLL!!

Manpreet leads the break. Gives it off to Yousuf who goes back to skipper. And he makes a meal of it. He hits into the surface and that bounces over the keeper and into the net.

17:37 (IST)6 MAY 2017

56' - Sloppy from Harjeet. Passes to an imaginary teammate on his left. Goes out of play.

17:36 (IST)6 MAY 2017

55' -  Talwinder again gets into the circle from the left. Looks for a foot. But can't do that. NZ clear.

17:36 (IST)6 MAY 2017

23 circle penetrations by IND compared to 7 by NZ tells you the story. Utterly dominant.

17:35 (IST)6 MAY 2017

53'  - India work the ball around beautifully. Into Talwinder on the left who gets in the circle but his pullback is not going to find anyone at the end of it.

17:34 (IST)6 MAY 2017

52' -  Lane trying to make inroads down the middle. But the Indian backline has been solid. They stand up to the test again.

17:33 (IST)6 MAY 2017

51' - OFF THE POST!!!

What a great move!! Sardar to Manpreet Junior who has space and sweeps one in. Yousuf on the dive. Gets his stick. But that comes off the frame of the goal.

17:31 (IST)6 MAY 2017

50' - Manpreet is down. Seems to have taken a knock. Accidentally Ross' stick hit his face. But he is back on his feet.

17:30 (IST)6 MAY 2017

49' - India looking at ease. They should have the game in the bag now. But they can't yet lose focus.

17:27 (IST)6 MAY 2017


Chinglensana finds Mandeep who takes his time on the right-hand side of the circle near the baseline. He spins and puts the ball across and a timely deflection from SV SUNIL who moved across and deflected the ball to the far post.

His first of the tournament.

17:27 (IST)6 MAY 2017

47' - But a stick check from Mandeep brings the Indian attack to an end.

17:26 (IST)6 MAY 2017

46' - Poor from New Zealand. Bennett with a mistrap and India spring on to the front foot.

17:25 (IST)6 MAY 2017

India gets us underway for the last 15  minutes of the game.

17:25 (IST)6 MAY 2017

And that's it. The third quarter comes to an end.

17:24 (IST)6 MAY 2017

45' - Pardeep Mor tries to get the ball in as he slaps it from the right. But Russell is there again. He is a real rock at the back for the Kiwis.

17:23 (IST)6 MAY 2017

45' - Into the final minute and India enjoying the lion's share of the possession. They have not allowed NZ to get into the game at any point of time.

17:22 (IST)6 MAY 2017

43' - Chinglensana and Akashdeep try to find an opening. But that is not going to be so easy.

17:21 (IST)6 MAY 2017

43' - Wilcox tries to make something happen. But good work from Surender.

17:20 (IST)6 MAY 2017

42' - Sloppy from Mandeep. And the ball goes out of play for NZ!

17:19 (IST)6 MAY 2017

41' - Akashdeep cleverly works himself into the circle. But his pass is wayward.

17:19 (IST)6 MAY 2017

40' - Sardar and Chinglensana work out some space. Find Rupinder on the right. He gets a FH and then finds Mandeep. But the ball hadn't traveled 5 meters before being played into the circle.

17:17 (IST)6 MAY 2017

39'- Ball played into the IND circle. It comes to Chikte and NZ gets a long corner.

Ball played in is again lifted. India with FH!

17:16 (IST)6 MAY 2017

38' - Affan Yousuf with a spin and a quick reverse but Kane Russell with some solid stickwork. Gets New Zealand out of there

17:15 (IST)6 MAY 2017

37'- India changing the angles but can't get near the NZ circle!

17:15 (IST)6 MAY 2017

36' - George Muir tries to get one in down the middle. But his hit is too high. And India is able to clear.

17:14 (IST)6 MAY 2017

36' -  Patient from India but can't get anything close to the circle. Impressive work from India.

17:13 (IST)6 MAY 2017

35' - A FH for New Zealand just outside the circle. But they can't really get in. Have to play it all the way back. 

Looking for angles. Smothering defence from India.

17:12 (IST)6 MAY 2017

34' - Rupinder sweeps one down the left looking for Akashdeep but that one had too much mustard. 

17:11 (IST)6 MAY 2017

33' - Sloppy pass from Harmanpreet. New Zealand in a dangerous area but Ross lifts it high and is deemed dangerous.

17:10 (IST)6 MAY 2017

32' - India have begun on the same note they left at halftime.

17:10 (IST)6 MAY 2017

31' - India with the early possession. Sumeet tries to look forward down the right.

Manpreet gets the ball and plays in Sumeet who made a great run. Pulls it back. And again that comes to nothing.

17:08 (IST)6 MAY 2017

India gets us underway.

17:08 (IST)6 MAY 2017

The players are back on the pitch. And India needs to put on another solid performance and the bronze medal will be theirs.

16:59 (IST)6 MAY 2017

And the hooter blows to signal half-time. Great thirty minutes of hockey action especially from India. Totally dominant. 

16:58 (IST)6 MAY 2017

30' - Lifted dangerously high by Newman and India can clear.

16:57 (IST)6 MAY 2017

29' - Last two minutes of the half remaining. Jenness and Newman trying to get back something for the Blacksticks. But all they get are a couple of long corners.

16:55 (IST)6 MAY 2017

27' - GOAAALLLL!!!!

India with their second. Rupinder with his second. And it's a replay of his first. Low and fast into the bottom left hand corner. Joyce has no chance!!

16:55 (IST)6 MAY 2017

27' - SAVED!! 

Saved by Joyce as Rupinder again tries to find the bottom left corner. But India get another PC!!

16:54 (IST)6 MAY 2017

27' -  WHAT A RUN!!

Mandeep with a sudden burst of pace goes past three New Zealand players. Pulls it back and a stick check on Akashdeep Singh gives India a PENALTY CORNER!!

16:53 (IST)6 MAY 2017

27' -  Young Harjeet Singh spins into trouble and New Zealand are having their best spell.

16:52 (IST)6 MAY 2017

26' - Lane tries to find Jenness down the right touchline. But Rupinder is there!

16:51 (IST)6 MAY 2017

25' -  Slapped in from the right. But Akashdeep seemingly on his heels. 
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