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Hockey Champions Trophy: India lose final after controversial shootout

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Hockey Champions Trophy: India lose final after controversial shootout

India wasted three opportunities in the title-deciding shootout to clinch a silver medal in the 36th Hero Champions Trophy as they faced a 1-3 defeat at the hands of World Champions Australia, on Friday.

Only Harmanpreet Singh managed to score in the shootout, while SK Uthappa, SV Sunil and Surender Kumar all shot wide off the target. Only four attempts were required from the two teams as Australia had gained a winning 3-1 lead. Aran Zalewski, Daniel Beale and Simon Orchard scored for Australia, while goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh was blocked by Trent Mitton.

The shootout was full of drama as Beale's shot was re-taken after he failed to score. He immediately demanded a video review after which the video umpire asked the shot to the taken again.

The decision did not go down well with Indian coach Roelant Oltmans, who appeared furious on the sidelines. At the end of the match India lodged a protest against the second successful attempt awarded to Beale, delaying the final announcement on the result of the match. The officials then started deciding on India's appeal.

The officials spent around an hour holding discussions over India's appeal. After the discussion, it was declared that there was unintentional obstruction on part of Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh in the seventh second thus the re-take of the shot was justified. Later, the presentation ceremony was held indoors. India had last won a bronze medal in the tournament in 1982 at Amsterdam.

Australia also wasted a penalty stroke in the second quarter and India did not succeed in capitalizing on their superiority in numbers when two Australians were shown red card in the third quarter.

In the second quarter, both teams were reduced to 10 men for a while when Indian defender Pradeep Mor and Australia's Daniel Beale were given the marching orders after a bad tackle.


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