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Late goal sinks India

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md prakash
Very close still too far
by md prakash on Aug 20, 2004 05:52 PM

It is unfortunate that we played so well still we lost in the dying minute of play as was happening in the past also. The players should be mentally and physically more strong to avoid this last minute lapses.

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by ABHIJIT DAS on Aug 20, 2004 05:36 PM

Shame! can't hold on to the nerves in the crucial
moments. old problems like poor trapping,tacklings,
poor defence still persists.it's high time we take
the blame ourselves.better luck in the 2008 Olympics.

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Arvind Ramakrishnan
Bad luck really!
by Arvind Ramakrishnan on Aug 20, 2004 02:41 PM

Again it was a nail biting finish in favour of Australia. We too played very well.Australia played more aggressively. Once again the last minute goal cost us the game. I don't understand why we can't pass the ball to each other to get rid of the final seconds.

Well, India can learn from that. It is still 'All is not lost' we have a match against N.Zealand which we can win easily IF we play sensibly.

All the best.


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India -Australia review
by Sharath on Aug 20, 2004 02:38 PM

It is very sad that all 50-50 situations were awarded in favour of Australia.The mistake which India committed was that they lost possesion in the dyeing seconds of the game when they were reduced to only ten men.Even a draw could have kept their hopes alive depending on the outcome of the Holland-Australia
encounter.It would have have been a must win game for Australia.In hockey a team defends well when it's attack does well.But the players were not confident to attack them exept Vikram pillay.They seemed to fear Australians and the Dutch simply because they were stronger teams on paper.They were rather luckier teams than stronger.

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Rajesh Loshali
Tough LUCK India
by Rajesh Loshali on Aug 20, 2004 01:31 PM

Well done India. After years your play matched the champions. It was a treat to watch the match.

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Sandeep M. Satav
John Wright is wrong!
by Sandeep M. Satav on Aug 20, 2004 10:07 AM

Shame on John Wright who still can not came out of color descrimination. He purposely sent Dhanraj off the field by yellow card. Indian official should oppose the behavior of Umpire.

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Sanji Rout
India Australia Hockey
by Sanji Rout on Aug 20, 2004 10:02 AM

Bad Luck boys! In the event like Olympics even seconds matter.Be Careful.

Sanjib Rout

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Amandeep Singh Grewal
Stop playing hockey
by Amandeep Singh Grewal on Aug 20, 2004 09:46 AM

India should stop playing hockey and produce more umpires first. these umpires should be trained to be harsh and unfair to non asian countries and then only we would be able to pay them back. pillay was sent off and immediately attacks from india dried up. it has always been the case that umpires are biased towards india. it is time someone took this up. this cant go on forever.

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Kiran Kalla
India-Australia Match
by Kiran Kalla on Aug 20, 2004 08:03 AM

India played a superb hockey but the lady luck was not with them.

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Indian Hockey at its Nadir
by jeev on Aug 20, 2004 06:58 AM

The Indian Hockey is at its nadir, in my opinion this is a fact and we had to better accept this.
We are just not good team to win laurells at the International level. We ahould stop giving excuses like the umpires were harsh or we didn't play to our potential or some such excuses. When we win means we win and we lose means we lose, thats it.

I think days are not far when we may not even qaulify for olympics. People like Gill et al. should hang their head in shame!

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