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Indians beat Dutch club to begin hockey tour in style.

INDIAN hockey team started their European tour on a winning note defeating Leiden Hockey Club 7- 0 in Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.

India dominated the match against the Dutch national club right from the start and kept them under pressure. India scored two goals in the first half and slammed five after the breather.

The tour is a build up event for the World Cup, scheduled to be held in The Hague from May 31.

Akashdeep Singh opened the scoring for India with a field goal in the 18th minute. Nikkin Thimmaiah made it 2- 0 three minutes later. India kept up the pressure in the first half with some find moves.

Leiden club tried to come back into the game but Indian goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh thwarted their effort with a good save. India went into the breather leading 2- 0.

In the second half, dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh converted two penalty corners ( 38th and 39th min). Meanwhile, Leiden wasted another opportunity with goalkeeper Harjot Singh making an excellent penalty corner save this time.

Ramandeep Singh scored the fifth goal for India in the 43rd minute through a penalty corner.

V. R. Raghunath converted another penalty corner in the 45th minute to make it 6- 0. In the 53rd min, Yuvraj Walmiki scored a brilliant field goal.

Last year India had just about managed to beat Leiden 3- 2.

India will next play another Dutch club HGC on April 14 before taking on Belgium the next day.

Results: India: 7 Akashdeep Singh ( 18 minute), Nikkin Thimmaiah ( 21 min), Rupinder Pal Singh ( 38 and 39 min), Ramandeep Singh ( 43 min), V R Raghunath ( 45 min), Yuvraj Walmiki ( 53 min) vs Leiden Club 0

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