After the termination of Roelant Oltmans' contract, many thought that new coach Sjoerd Marijne would find it a bit hard initially to find the right chemistry from the team. Japan's lone victory came at the 2007 Asia Cup in Chennai, India where they defeated Pakistan 3-1.
In the final 10 minutes, both teams tried their best to edge ahead but a victor was not to be found.
Manpreet Singh led Indian team continued to build on their dominating start with impressive speed, tactically passing the ball in the midfield and worked some effortless moves to penetrate Bangladesh's circle. "I believe we can do better but this was our first match and now that the team is done with shaking off the initial jitters, I think we can focus on improved performance in the next game", stated India's Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne. India will play arch rivals Pakistan on Sunday. He was commanding in the position, steering the game from the back, giving enough room for defender Harmanpreet Singh to make the long runs in the midfield.
Two minutes into the third quarter, India won a PC but India's young dragflicker Varun Kumar's effort was padded away.
"I don't think our penalty corner conversation is bad". He is accurate with his long passes and he can guide the team in the front.More news: #WomenBoycottTwitter, Supporting Rose McGowan
However, as both Australia and New Zealand have already qualified for next year's tournament in India, thanks to their respective third and sixth place finishes at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg earlier this year, a World Cup qualification spot opened up for France, who were next in line for a ticket to Bhubaneswar.
"We did not play a good match against Pakistan and made a lot of mistakes that led them to score so many goals". Being the highest ranked Asian team, the Men in Blue are surely one of the favourites to win.
"For hockey lovers, India vs Pakistan is always a great game to watch". It was a bad start but we don't want to let this loss affect our confidence.
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