|March 2nd, 2008|
|6||Round-Robin||8:00pm||AUT - IND||3 - 7 (2 - 2)||Final|
The last match of the day started with a bang when Robert BUCHTA opened the scoring for Austria in the second minute of play, after collecting a good pass by Benjamin STANZL. India equalized soon after on a penalty-corner by Dilip TIRKEY, but the Austrian team had given a clear indication that they were not exceedingly impressed by their illustrious opponents of the day.
After Dilip TIRKEY added another penalty-corner, much to the pleasure of the large flag waving and drum beating Indian contingent in the crowd, Austria increased their pressure and earned a series of penalty-corner, leveling the game on a strong direct hit by Christian MINAR. The Indian attackers were launching their trademark fast runs with the ball, but the Austrian defense managed well to cut them from their partners when approaching the circle.
No more goals were scored until half-time, reached on the tied score of 2-2, a pleasant surprise for most observers, who were not expecting the Austrians to hold their ground so effectively against the mighty Indian squad.
Ignace TIRKEY was at the conclusion of a superb Indian attacking wave to finally break the deadlock in the 41st minute, but the game was nothing but a walk in the park for the higher ranked Indians, who stayed during the longest time under the threat of the fast paced Austrian counter-attacks. As was already the case yesterday, the Austrians, possibly more used to the shorter indoor games, faded dramatically in the last fifteen, letting the floodgates open for the Indian attackers, with 4 goals in so many minutes by, Shivendra SINGH (2), BHARATH and Rajpal SINGH.
Christian MINAR closed the gap with another straight hit on penalty-corner, for a final score of 7-3 for India, after a very entertaining game well appreciated by the crowd.