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Hockey: Simranjeet's late strike helps India hold Britain to a 1-1 draw
Antwerp, March 6, 2021
Striker Simranjeet Singh's late equaliser enabled India to hold Great Britain to a 1-1 draw in their third match of the Europe Tour in Antwerp on Saturday.
For Great Britain, Alan Forsyth scored in the 2nd quarter.
India dominated with ball possession early in the match and used hard press to tame Britain's attack. However, their first real opportunity came in the 10th minute when they earned themselves a penalty corner but was denied by the goalkeeper PR Sreejesh who made an excellent save. Though both teams created a number of opportunities in the first quarter, neither could convert.
Ending the first quarter in a 0-0 stalemate, the GB men started the second period aggressively and won themselves yet another penalty corner, but the Indian custodian Krishan B Pathak, who replaced Sreejesh for the second quarter, made an outstanding save to deny Great Britain from drawing first blood.
In return, India did create potential opportunities in Britain's striking circle but couldn't convert. However, within a few minutes, Alan Forsyth's strike helped Britain to break the deadlock, making the scoreline 1-0 at the end of the second half.
A dominating start to the third quarter saw GB earning back-to-back penalties, but India managed to nullify the threat. Vying for an equaliser, India penetrated twice inside rival's striking circle, but couldn't make the most out of it.
In their bid to score an equaliser, the World No. 4 went all out in the attack, penetrating as many as three times in the striking circle at the start of the final quarter but were denied each time. After being tested hard, India got their reward in the 57th minute as Simranjeet's goal denied Great Britain from posting a win.