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Commonwealth Games: India's men's hockey team loses to New Zealand in semis

India's men's hockey team lost to New Zealand 2-3 in a semi-final of the 21st Commonwealth Games.

Published: 13th April 2018 06:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2018 06:10 PM   |  A+A-

India hockey team (File | PTI)

By IANS

GOLD COAST: India's men's hockey team lost to New Zealand 2-3 in a semi-final of the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Friday.

India put up a disastrous defensive performance in the first quarter to concede two goals to Hugo Inglis (seventh minute), Stephen Jenness (13th). But Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty stroke in the 29th minute as India trailed 1-2 at half-time.

Markus Child regained New Zealand's two-goal lead in the 40th minute. India kept chasing and reduced the deficit to one in the 57th minute through a penalty corner conversion but it proved be too late to find an equaliser.

India will now head to the bronze medal playoff against the loser between Australia and England.

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