Hockey WC 2023: India has last chance to reach quarterfinals, today will win crossover match from New Zealand

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Indian Hockey Team (Source: Hockey India)

Men’s Hockey World Cup: In the Men’s Hockey World Cup, the Indian team will take on New Zealand today. To reach the quarterfinals, the Indian team will have to win this match at any cost.

IND vs NZ Hockey Match: In the ongoing 15th Hockey World Cup in Odisha, today the Indian team will have the last chance to make it to the quarterfinals. Due to not being able to get the top position in their pool, the Indian team could not get a place in the quarterfinals directly. In such a situation, he now has the option of reaching the last-eight through the crossover match. Today she will take on New Zealand in the crossover match.

This crossover match is similar to knockout. The winning team will reach the quarterfinals and the losing team will have the option of fighting for the 9th to 12th position. By the way, in this match, the Indian team seems to have a heavy upper hand against New Zealand. The Indian team is currently ranked sixth in the Hockey World Rankings. At the same time, New Zealand’s ranking is 12th. There has been a vast difference in the performance of both the teams in this World Cup.

Indian team is seen dominating New Zealand
This World Cup has been great for the Indian team so far. He won his first match against Spain by 2-0. After this, his match with England was a 0-0 draw. In the third match, India won 4-2 against Wales. She finished second in her Pool-D with 7 points. Due to the low goal difference, she could not get the first place. On the other hand, New Zealand had to face defeat against Netherlands and Malaysia in their pool. His only win was against a weak team like Chile. She finished third in her pool.

India-New Zealand head to head record
44 Hockey matches have been played between India and New Zealand. Of these, India has won 24 matches, while New Zealand has won 15 matches. 5 matches are drawn. In the last four matches, only the Indian team has won. The last time these two teams met twice in the FIH Pro League. India defeated New Zealand 4-3 in the match held here on October 2022. At the same time, in the match held in November 2022, the Indian team had a one-sided victory by 7-4.

When and where to watch the match?
This crossover match between India and New Zealand in the Hockey World Cup will be played today (January 22) at 7 pm. This match will be played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The live telecast of this match will be done on Star Sports First, Star Sports Select 2 SD and Star Sports Select 2 HD. Live streaming of the match will be available on the Disney + Hotstar app.

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