India settle for silver medal after Australia win penalty shoot-out

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India had to settle for silver in the hockey Champions Trophy after losing to Australia in the final. Both teams were goalless after regular time and Australia outscored India 3-1 in the shoot-outs. India lodged an official complain against the execution of second shot at shoot-outs which Australia reviewed and was re-taken on which it was scored.
But the appeal didn’t stand and after a delay of over and hour, FIH confirmed Australia as the winners. For India, it was still their best ever finish.
After dicussing the appeal for more than an hour, the jury declared that there was unintentional obstruction on part of Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh in the seventh second thus the re-take of the shot was justified.
The match ended goalless after regular time as India came up with a strong performance in the defence, denying Australia to convert any of the nine penalty corners and the penalty stroke in 18th minute.
But Australia showed why they are ranked number one in the world during the shoot-out as their goalkeeper Lovell didn’t allow SK Uthappa and SV Sunil to convert their shots. Only Harmanpreet was able to convert.

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