Hockey World Cup 2023: Team India will face New Zealand today in Men’s Hockey World Cup. If they win here, the Indian team will face Belgium in the quarters.
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IND vs NZ Crossover Match: Today Indian team is facing New Zealand in Hockey World Cup 2023. The two teams will face each other at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar at 7 PM. It will be a knockout match. The winning team will enter the quarter finals. The losing team will have a chance to play in the 9th to 12th position.
Indian team finished second in Pool-D. Meanwhile, New Zealand finished third in Pool-C. Both the teams could not get a place in the quarterfinals directly as they could not finish at the top of their respective pools. Now there is a chance to reach the last-8 through a crossover match. The top teams from all four pools have already entered the quarterfinals.
Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and England teams have reached the quarterfinals. Now there are four crossover matches for the remaining four positions. One of these will be between India and New Zealand. The winner of this match will face Belgium in the quarters. Meanwhile, the Indian team seems to have the upper hand in the cross-over match. In such conditions, everyone thought that the Indian team, which will face Belgium, will reach the quarterfinals.
The Belgian team is at the second position in the hockey rankings. It is not easy to win a quarter final match against this team in such conditions. Team India’s recent record against Belgium is not that good. In such circumstances, if the Indian team wins the crossover match and faces Belgium in the quarterfinals, it must be difficult for the Indian team. Otherwise, like last time, there is a possibility of missing the semifinals this time too.
India vs New Zealand cross over match..
In this World Cup, the Indian team has not lost a single match in their three matches. On the other hand, New Zealand had to suffer a heavy defeat in two matches. That means Indian players are in a very good rhythm compared to New Zealand. After that, the last four matches between India and New Zealand went in favor of India. In such situations, the Indian team seems to have the upper hand against New Zealand.