Women’s Hockey World Cup: Revenge, semis spot on India’s mind in clash against Ireland | Hockey News
India registered their first win of the match by crusing previous Italy in a play-off final evening and in the event that they handle to beat Eire, it will guarantee them solely their second look within the World Cup last-four.
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The one time India had managed to enter the semi-finals of the show-piece occasion was again in 1974 in Mandelieu, France the place they ultimately completed fourth.
Within the final version of the match in Rosario (Argentina), India had completed a disappointing eighth.
Having come second finest of their final two conferences, it will be fairly a job for the Indians to beat Eire. The Irish have been in ominous kind having topped Pool B forward of higher-ranked USA and India.
World No.16 Eire have already scripted historical past of kinds by outclassing USA Three-1 and India 1-Zero earlier than slumping to a Zero-1 defeat towards hosts England. However they nonetheless managed to safe their maiden World Cup quarterfinal berth.
India, alternatively, needed to slog it out to make it to the quarterfinals, having drawn 1-1 towards England and USA respectively and shedding Zero-1 to Eire.
The Indians would take coronary heart from the Three-Zero win over lower-ranked Italy within the cross-over match.
The Rani Rampal-led facet re-discovered its scoring prowess to lastly finish Italy’s World Cup journey by a discipline strike from Lalremsiami (20th minute) and two penalty nook targets from Neha Goyal (45th) and Vandana Katariya (55th) to register an emphatic win.
The Indians had been sensible with their first contact management and ending final evening and are available tomorrow the facet would search for an encore to outwit the gutsy Irish.
But it surely will not be straightforward as it’s the identical Irish facet which beat them within the final two conferences — 2-1 within the Hockey World League Semi-finals in Johannesburg final 12 months after which right here within the pool phases.
The Irish would positively come out as a assured unit however India could be banking on their new-found confidence.
The Indian defence led by talismanic Savita below the bar has produced a stellar efficiency all through the match.
It was the forward-line which was missing the sting however final evening’s efficiency would do a world of fine for the strikers’ confidence.
Skipper Rani feels India have gained confidence because the match has progressed and they might look to hold that ahead going into the business-end of the occasion.
“Early within the match we did not do the one factor we wanted to do – rating targets. However we’ve discovered the online now and we are able to positively push on with our journey. We don’t see that journey ending tomorrow,” she mentioned.
It guarantees to be an thrilling encounter as Eire have already proved that they’re no pushovers and the end result of the match will ultimately depend upon controlling the nerves at essential phases.
In the meantime, within the different quarterfinal of the day, the mighty Netherlands will tackle hosts England.