Hockey World Cup: If New Zealand wins, they will face Belgium in the quarter-finals, this is India’s way

IND vs NZ Crossover Match: Today the Indian team is facing New Zealand in the Hockey World Cup 2023 (Hockey WC 2023). Both the teams will be face to face at 7 pm at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. It will be a knockout match, in which the winning team will get an entry in the quarterfinals and the losing team will have the option of playing for the 9th to 12th places.

The Indian team had finished second in its Pool-D. At the same time, New Zealand finished third in Pool-C. Since both the teams could not stay on the top position in their respective pools, they could not get a place in the quarterfinals directly. Now they have a chance to reach the last-eight through the crossover match. The top teams in all four pools have already booked their place in the quarterfinals.

Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and England teams have reached the quarterfinals. Now there are four crossover matches for the remaining four spots. One of these matches is to be played between India and New Zealand. The winner of this match will face Belgium in the quarterfinals. By the way, the Indian team seems to have the upper hand in the crossover match. In such a situation, it is believed that the Indian team will make it to the quarterfinals, where it will face Belgium.

The Belgian team is at number two in the hockey rankings. In such a situation, it will not be easy to win the quarterfinal match against this team. Team India’s recent record against Belgium has also not been good. In such a situation, if the Indian team wins the crossover match and meets Belgium in the quarter-finals, then it will have to work hard, otherwise, like the last time, it may miss the semi-finals this time too.

India vs New Zealand Crossover Match
The Indian team has not lost a single match in their three matches in this World Cup. On the other hand, New Zealand had to face defeat badly in two matches. That is, compared to New Zealand, Indian players are in very good rhythm. Then the last four matches between India and New Zealand have gone in favor of India. In such a situation, the Indian team seems to have a heavy upper hand over New Zealand.

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