New Delhi, Apr 12 UNI | 4 months ago

India senior men began their European tour on a winning note defeating Leiden Hockey Club (Dutch National Hockey Club) 7-0 in a build up game played at Leiden, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.

Akashdeep Singh struck home in the 18th minute against the rivals played on Friday and three minutes later Nikkin Thimmaiah doubled for the visitors as the Indian team kept up the attack and fully dominating the first session.

Leiden club tried to bounce back but India's goalkeeper P R Sreejesh remained undefeated.

In the second half, Rupinder Pal Singh scored two consecutive goals in the 38th and 39th min of the game through penalty corner. Even Leiden Club got a chance to score in the second half but goalkeeper Harjot Singh saved an excellent penalty corner and helped India to maintain the 4-0 lead. Ramandeep Singh scored the fifth goal for India in the 43rd min through penalty corner. Indian team fully occupied the session and Leiden Club was not able to stop the Indian team from scoring. Soon after, Raghunath scored another goal for the team in the 45th min by converting penalty corner and took the lead to 6-0. In the 53rd min Yuvraj Walmiki came up attacking and scored a sensational 7th goal for the India team through field goal and the match ended with a score of 7-0 on the board. India last year won the game against same club 3-2.

India will now take on HGC (Dutch National Club) on April 14, 2014. This tour is in preparations for the FIH Men's World Cup 2014, scheduled to be held at The Hague from May 31.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)