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Olympics 2016: India held by Canada 2-2

India got plenty of opportunities but failed to scored the winner

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Publish Date: Aug 13 2016 1:13PM | Updated Date: Aug 13 2016 1:13PM

Olympics 2016: India held by Canada 2-2

 India's men's hockey team was held 2-2 by Canada in its final group phase game that failed to guarantee it a third place in Pool B of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

India played an attacking game but had to wait for 33 minutes to break the deadlock. Akashdeep Singh made it 1-0 for India after scoring on a penalty corner rebound. 
Canada took few second to make it 1-1 with a penalty corner conversion from captain Scott Tupper.
Ramandeep Singh deflected a ball near the post from a long slap from V.R. Raghunath to take 2-1 lead for India in the 41st minute.
In 52nd minute, Tupper brought Canada on level with a successful penalty corner conversion.
Latter, India got plenty of opportunities but failed to scored the winner.
With this draw, India dropped to the fourth spot with seven points, while Canada ended their campaign with a point and are now out of the Games. The Netherlands and two-time defending champions Germany occupy the first two positions with 10 points each but the latter are ahead on goal difference.
India will now face Belgium in the quarter-finals on Sunday.
Belgiumwere thrashed 1-3 by New Zealand later on Friday. Simon Child (31st minute), Nick Wilson (37th), Hugo Inglis (52nd) scored for New Zealand , while on the other hand Florent Van Aubel (58th) was the only goal scorer for Belgium. 
Despite the loss Belgium still topped Pool A, since Australia crushed hosts Brazil 9-0.
India would have secured the third position with a win against Canada but it was not to be despite dominating the game from the start.