Sandeep, Shiva shine as India beat Great Britain
Five-time champions India bounced back from a goal down to beat tournament favourites Great Britain 3-1 and clinch the bronze medal in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here yesterday.
For India, eight-time Olympic champions, the win over World No 4 Britain would give them the much needed boost ahead of the 2012 London Games. India also took sweet revenge of their 2-3 loss against Britain in the league games.
India pumped in three second half goals from Shivendra Singh (42nd minute), Sandeep Singh (52nd) and Tushar Khandker (69th) after Ashley Jackson (35th) gave Britain the lead converting a penalty corner just at the stroke of half time. For India, Shivendra and SV Sunil took the British defence by surprise with their quick runs. But India India had to pay for a series of costly misses as Jackson converted GBR’s first penalty corner at the stroke of break.
Seven minutes later India equalised as Shivendra scored from a square pass from Uthappa. India doubled the lead in the next 10 minutes through a Sandeep drag-flick. Britain then pulled out their goalkeeper in the 68th minute to add a player up front, but the move backfired as Sandeep Singh long ball saw Khandker pushing into an open goal.