India apparently did not learn from their late-game mistakes in their opening game against Belgium as they once again conceded a late-game goal to lose 1-2 to England. It was their second consecutive loss in the Rabobank Field Hockey World Cup 2014. Despite improving their level of play from the match against Belgium, a goal by Simon Mantell in the 69th minute off a missed-penalty rebound resulted in the final and winning goal.
After their opening match in which they lose 2-3 to Belgium, India started of surprisingly well against England. England struck first in the 27th minute thanks to a successful penalty corner by Mark Gleghorne. India would not be down for long, however, as they scored four minutes later.
Dharamvir Singh snagged a bullet of a pass from Sardar Singh and swung around to hit it the back of the net net from the top of the circle.
From then until the 68th minute, it was largely a back-and-forth match with neither side doing anything extra to get the advantage. It seemed as if the match would ultimately end in a tie until a foul by India’s Gurbaj Singh ultimately gave England the winning goal. Goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh did a phenomenal job to stop the penalty corner shot from going in, but the shot after the rebound by Mantell sealed the deal.
After defeating Spain 3-0, Australia leads the Group A table with six points. England now has four points from 2 matches. India, still winless, is stuck at zero points.