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HWL Final: India, Australia play out 1-1 draw

India got two back-to-back penalty corners in the second half but failed to convert them

ANI  |  Bhubaneswar 

Indian player Mandeep Singh celebrates after scoring a goal against Australia at the Men's Hockey World League Final 2017 in Bhubaneswar on Friday. PTI
Indian player Mandeep Singh celebrates after scoring a goal against Australia at the Men's Hockey World League Final 2017 in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Photo: PTI

ended on 1-1 draw with defending champions in their opening match of the Final on Friday.

It was a formidable show from against the reigning champions.

dominated the game from the very beginning and took the lead in the 20th minute when pushed the ball inside the net.

However, levelled the score in the next minute by converting a penalty corner.

got two back-to-back penalty corners in the second half but failed to convert them. also defended well Australia's penalty corners.

Speaking at a press conference post match, India's chief hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne, however complained of bump in the pitch and said it restricted the team from converting the penalty corners.

Meanwhile in another match of the eight-time tournament, defeated 2-0 in the pool B game.

will next take on Saturday, while lock horns with

Olympic gold medalist will be up against Belgium while Netherlands square off against Spain.

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 23:36 IST
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