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India lose 0-2 against England in campaign opener

New Delhi: India dished out a pathetic performance to go down 0-2 to higher-ranked England and start their campaign on a losing note at the Hero Hockey World League Final, here today.The Indians looked horribly
PTI January 10, 2014 23:16 IST
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New Delhi: India dished out a pathetic performance to go down 0-2 to higher-ranked England and start their campaign on a losing note at the Hero Hockey World League Final, here today.

The Indians looked horribly out of sorts as England rode on two goals from Adam Dixon (28th, 45th minute) to pocket full three points from their opening Pool A encounter at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Chief coach Terry Walsh could not have imagined such a horrible performance from his wards in his first international match with the Indian team.

From the onset, the Indians looked rusty and seemed to run out of ideas when the ball was in their possession.

India's attacks lacked teeth and they hardly troubled the England goal barring the two penalty corners they earned in the opening half.

England, on the other hand, were slow to get off the blocks but gained control of the proceedings and looked threatening as the match progressed. They looked far more promising in their moves.