Hockey World League: Patchy India need improved performance against Netherlands

Going by the rankings and present status of both the teams, India, undoubtedly, will start underdogs in Saturday's encounter. After missing out on a point against Ireland, the Indians can hardly afford to relax as a loss against the Dutch can jeopardise their chance of sealing one of the three berths up for grabs in next year's World Cup.

updated: June 14, 2013 14:14 IST
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Rotterdam, Netherlands: Held to a draw by lower-ranked Ireland in their FIH World League Round 3 opener, the Indian men's hockey team will have to regroup quickly and come up with something special against formidable Netherlands in their next Pool B match here on Saturday.

Ranked four places ahead of their rivals, India (11) started as overwhelming favourites against Ireland (15), but it didn't really show in their game as they laboured to a 4-4 draw.

Defence has been India's perennial problem and it hurt them against the Irish on Thursday.

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