Hockey Champions Trophy 2018: Australia Registers 3-2 win over India In The Third Match

| June 28 , 2018 , 14:55 IST

Title holders Australia moved to the top of the points table of the Men's Hockey Champions Trophy after defeating Asia Cup Winners India on the fourth day of action in Breda, Netherlands.

The 2-3 scoreline rightly suggests that the contest was a close one but the men in blue ended up losing the third match after two straight wins against arch-rivals Pakistan and Olympic champions Argentina.

Australia made a superb start and scored the first goal in the 5th minute of the match with a cross from Aussies in front of the net and youngster Sharp placed the ball into the nets. However, the lead was short-lived Varun Kumar came with the equalizer after he guided the ball into nets after a missed penalty.

Australia regained their lead with when Tom Craig tucked the ball home. Aussies were leading 2-1 at the end of the first quarter which continued the same in the second quarter too.

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Australia extended their lead in the third quarter to 3-1 when Tom Craig came with a shot from the edge of the D and it was deflected into the goal by Trent Mitton.

India was struggling for the goal in the third quarter but failed to do so. Finally, India got a goal with three minutes left in the game when Harmanpreet send the ball in nets out a Penalty Corner.

India had a chance to draw the match as they were awarded another penalty corner in the last minute of the game but the brilliant shot by Harmanpreet was denied in the same way.