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This was our worst effort: India coach

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New Delhi: India finished a disappointing 10th in the Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup after losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in a penalty shootout and chief coach Gregg Clark said it was the home team’s “worst performance” in the 16-team quadrennial event.

Pakistan finished ninth after beating India 4-2 in the one-on-one penalty shootout after both teams were locked 1-1 after regulation time.

“It was really a disappointing performance from the boys today. It is possibly our worst performance in the World Cup,” a fuming Clark told reporters after the 9th-10th place classification match.

“We were not able to dribble the ball. Our defence, circle penetration and trapping was weak. We slipped on the quality of game execution and our strategy was not good either,” he said.

He congratulated Pakistan and said India buckled under pressure in the home tournament. (PTI)

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