India hold USA to 1-1 draw, progress to knockouts of women’s hockey World Cup
LONDON: Beneath strain Indian ladies’s hockey workforce produced a spirited efficiency to return again from a purpose down and maintain the higher-ranked USA to a 1-1 draw of their final Pool B match and progress to the knock-out levels of the World Cup right here on Sunday.
The draw enabled India too hold their marketing campaign afloat within the event and progress to the crossovers whereas the People crashed out of the occasion.
As per the principles of the event, the highest groups from the 4 swimming pools progress on to the quarterfinals whereas the second and third positioned groups will characteristic within the crossovers to determine the remaining 4 spots of the final eight spherical.
Margaux Paolino (11th minute) broke the impasse for world no.7 USA earlier than skipper Rani Rampal equalized for 10th ranked India within the 31st minute.
The Indians began brightly with good forays into the US citadel however the forwards did not breach the rival defence.
India secured their first penalty nook within the seventh minute however the People defended effectively.
As time handed by the People grew in confidence and began to assault the Indian purpose fairly regularly.
From one such event, Margaux Paolino scored from a rebound within the 11th minute after her preliminary attempt was kicked away by Indian goalkeeper Savita.
Stung by the purpose, the Indians continued to press ahead and secured two penalty corners within the closing minutes of the primary quarter however drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur failed on each event as USA ended the primary quarter with a slender lead.
USA secured their first penalty nook three minutes into the second quarter however the Indians stood tall to thwart any hazard.
A minute later India obtained one other penalty nook however this time skipper Rani Rampal’s slap shot was effectively saved by American custodian Jackie Briggs.
The People then pressed arduous and secured two extra penalty corners within the second quarter however Indian goalie Savita was upto the mark.
Trailing by a purpose, the Indians got here out all weapons blazing after the change of ends and drew stage a minute into the third quarter via a penalty nook conversion by skipper Rani Rampal.
The Indians confirmed nice power and attacked the American purpose in numbers. Within the course of, they earned their sixth penalty nook within the 47th minute however this time Gurjit’s highly effective grounded flick was brilliantly saved by Briggs.
The Indians, thereafter, defended brilliantly to disclaim USA any breakthrough to safe the hard-earned win and delay their keep within the event.