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    Defensive lapses led to India’s second successive loss in the Olympic Games men’s hockey competition as they suffered a humiliating 1-3 defeat at the hands of New Zealand, here on Wednesday.

    Conceding soft penalty corners and allowing the rival strikers plenty of leeway inside the circle, India’s defence allowed New Zealand to call the shots even after taking an early lead.

    Sandeep Singh’s second minute penalty corner conversion kept India ahead for 10 minutes before the ‘Black Sticks’ hit back to score three goals in the first session through Andrew Hayward (12th minute), Phillip Burrows (24th) and Nicholas Wilson (29th) to leave the Indians shattered.

    India’s efforts to bounce back in the second session saw them frequently break into the rival circle, but were unable to change the scoreline.

    New Zealand, winners of the Azlan Shah Cup two months ago, had lost their opening match 0—2 to South Korea, while India suffered a 2—3 reversal against The Netherlands, who now leads the Group B table with six points from two matches after posting a 3-1 victory over Belgium today.

    New Zealand had beaten India 5-1 in their last meeting in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh (Malaysia).
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