Hockey: India falter at the final hurdle as the Aussies claim their 15th Champions Trophy

Breda: Indian and Australia hockey players compete during their match at the Rabobank Men's Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018, in Netherlands on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (PTI Photo)(PTI6_27_2018_000268A)

India lost 1-3 to Australia in a shootout in the summit clash of Champions Trophy hockey in Breda, the Netherlands. It was a highly competitive battle between the two finalists of last edition but once again Australia came out on top in the shoot-out to clinch their 15th Champions Trophy title. Australia took the lead in the 24th minute through a penalty corner by Blake Govers, but India hit an equalizer in the 42nd minute through a field strike by Vivek Sagar Prasad.

Three minutes from the final hooter, Manpreet failed to get his stick to Sunil’s pass from close range as the match went into shoot-off, where Australia came out stronger.

The Australian Goalkeeper produced a brilliant show in the shoot-off, denying Sardar Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Lalit Upadhayay while Manpreet Singh was the only scorer for India.

Australia, on the other hand, converted their first two efforts in the shoot-off through Aran Zalewski and Daniel Beale before Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh denied Matthew Swann and Tom Craig.

But Jeremy Edwards converted the last try to hand Australia their record 15th Champions Trophy title.