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Dabang Mumbai rises to the occasion

Florian Fuchs of Dabang Mumbai is cock-a-hoop after slotting home a field goal. Photo: Prashant Nakwe

Florian Fuchs of Dabang Mumbai is cock-a-hoop after slotting home a field goal. Photo: Prashant Nakwe  

Goalkeeper David Harte came up with a series of saves, while Gurjant Singh, Florian Fuchs and Affan Yousuf scored a field goal each in Dabang Mumbai’s 6-3 win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the CIL Hockey India League on Tuesday.

Wizards’ custodian P.R. Sreejesh saved a penalty stroke in his typical confident manner, but finished on the losing side in a must-win game for both teams. He stood helpless when a Gurjant attempt, from an acute angle, went in off a defender’s deflection.

Fuchs’s anticipation and reaction as he scooped in a short pass was top-class.

When Yousuf dived to sweep home Dabang’s third field goal, almost at the hooter, Wizards had no goalkeeper. Coach Roger van Gent had taken off Sreejesh and thrown in an extra forward as the team trailed 3-4 with two minutes left.

Dabang has four wins and six losses in 10 games, while the visitors suffered their sixth defeat in 10 matches.

The former moved to the fifth spot with 25 points while Wizards remained on 25 points but slipped to sixth due to an inferior (minus 12) goal difference.

The result: Dabang Mumbai 6 (Gurjant Singh 14 fg, Florian Fuchs 42 fg, Affan Yousuf 59 fg) bt UP Wizards 3 (V.R. Raghunath 19 pc, Chinglensana Singh 30 fg).

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