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RIO: India face tough Dutch test after Argentina win

Rio (Online): Virtually assured of a quarterfinal spot after their morale-boosting win against Argentina, a buoyant India will face world number two side the Netherlands in a tough pool B clash in the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro today (Thursday).
After a close 3-2 win over Ireland in their opening match, India suffered a disappointing 1-2 loss against the reigning Olympic champions Germany but bounced back to notch up a 2-1 win against Argentina to remain among the top four in the six-team pool.
The target now will be to finish the league stages as high as possible in the points table so as to avoid the world number one Australia in the last eight fixture.
“We are only done with three matches and have two more to go. We need to play harder and better because it will determine whom we play against in the quarterfinals,” goalkeeper and captain P R Sreejesh said.
“The higher we finish in the points table, the lesser ranked team will play with us from the other pool,” he added
India will look to get inspiration from their win against the Netherlands in the ‘World League Final’ at home in December last year.
“Netherlands are one of the top ranked teams in the world and a win against them will give us more confidence.
It is important that we keep up the rhythm. They have an experienced line-up and to do well against them means we need to be extremely well-prepared both mentally and physically,” the captain added.



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