Bhubaneswar: India wasted a golden opportunity to break their 32-year-old medal jinx in the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament after going down to Australia 1-2 in a hard-fought bronze medal play-off match of the eight-nation meet yesterday.
Flynn Ogilvie (right) celebrates an Australia goal with a teammate at Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium
Playing before a vociferous home crowd at the Kalinga Stadium, the Indians once again India conceded a late goal to lose the match. Australia scored two field goals through skipper Eddie Ockenden (18th minute) and Matt Gohdes (52nd) to win a consolation bronze after having retained the title the last five times.
India's lone goal was scored by young striker Lalit Upadhyay in the 42nd minute.