Perth, Apr 27 (UNI) A lacklustre India conceeded an extra time goal to go down 1-2 to China and finish at the last spot in the four-nation men's hockey tournament here today.
The Indians wasted several chances during the goalless first half as the spunky Chinese matched them blow for blow.
The game remained a tight affair until China broke the deadlock in the 44th minute through a field goal by Chi Meng.
The breakthrough prompted the Chinese to go on the offensive but the Indian defence held firm in the face of mounting pressure from their opponents.
Shivendra Singh brought back India back into the game as he scored a field goal in the 61st minute against the run of play to equal the score.
With only minutes remaining, both sides attacked at all costs, determined to get a result. However, neither team was able to convert and the game was pushed to extra time.
In the extra time, Chi Liu scored in the 79th minute to hand China their first win in the tournament.
India had lost their first league match 1-4 to South Korea but bounced back to hold the Australians 2-2 in a thrilling encounter before thrashing China 3-1 yesterday.
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