Before 38 years, the first edition of the Champions Trophy was played in Lahore in 1978 and the Indian men’s hockey team created history on Thursday, 16 June 2016 night by entering their first ever final of the Champions Trophy. Despite losing 4-2 to Australia earlier in the day, the Indian team could enter the final of Champions Trophy Hockey 2016.
For entering in the finals of Champions Trophy Hockey 2016, Indian team should thank to Great Britain’s 3-3 draw against Belgium which was played at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Australia finished on top of the pool with 13 points followed by India with 7 points. Thanks to their 7-0 win over South Korea, Germany jumped from the bottom of the pool to finish third and will now take on Great Britain in the bronze medal match. Belgium and South Korea are fighting for the fifth and sixth spots.
India’s only platform finish until now was a bronze medal won before many years back in 1982 at Amsterdam.
The draw between Great Britain and Belgium meant both of them finished behind India in the round-robin league, flooring the way for India to play against World champions Australia in the tonight’s 17 June 2016 title encounter.
Starting the day’s proceedings with a 2-4 loss to top-ranked Australia, the Indian players went through a thoughtful wait for the result of the last league fixture as both Great Britain and Belgium could have scraped ahead of India.
All possibilities were within nearby distance until the last stages, leaving the Indian fans in the stadium on tenterhooks. Even the last British shot at the goal with five seconds left could have taken the crowds into the final, but the ball went a few centimeters wide of the post.
The Indian team had gone from the ground after their match and followed the developments at the hotel, while the pendulum swung from one side to the other in a dramatic sequence.
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