Hockey Women’s World Cup: India Lose To New Zealand, Will Play In Crossovers

Hockey Women’s World Cup: India Lose To New Zealand, Will Play In Crossovers

A wasteful India lost their last Pool B match to New Zealand 3-4 but still qualified for the FIH Women’s World Cup crossover as the third best team from their group in Amstelveen on Thursday. New Zealand topped the pool with seven points from England (4), while India and China scored two points each but improved due to a better goal difference. According to the format of the tournament, the top four teams from the four poles will qualify directly for the quarterfinals, while the second and third place teams will participate in the crossover.

The winner of the crossover matches will advance to the remaining four quarter-finals.

The 60-minute rule for India should have included games, sets and matches, if not for countless missed opportunities, including a maximum of 15 penalty corners, of which it only changed one.

India will now play the second-ranked team in Pool C for a place in the quarter-finals on Sunday in Terrace, Spain.

On Thursday, India’s Vandana Kataria (4th minute), Lalrimsamyami (44th) and Garjit Kaur (59th) were the top scorers, while New Zealand’s Olivia Marie (12th, 54th), Tessa Joop (29th) and Francis Davis (29th minute) scored. 32nd). The Indians got off to a great start, enjoyed an early takeover and their efforts paid off when a diver Vandana deviated in the fourth minute after a sharp turn from inside the D to push Lalrimsyami.

In the 10th minute, Shumaila Devi had a great chance to give India the lead in a one-on-one with New Zealand goalkeeper Brooke Roberts, she was hesitant but in the process she got India’s first penalty corner.

As a result, Roberts saved Georgette’s powerful skyscraper from the set piece.

New Zealand won their first penalty corner in the 12th minute and Olivia Marie equalized with a regular shot through the legs of the Indian captain and custodian Swetha.

In the third minute of the second quarter, Lalarimsyami was denied a one-on-one situation by NZ goalkeeper Roberts, which resulted in another penalty corner but Deep Grace Ica’s shot was wide.

India were penalized by New Zealand for failing to focus a minute before halftime when an opportunistic Jop scored a goal.

New Zealand came out attacking after a head change and got back to back seat pieces, the second of which was converted by Davis.

After that it was all India as they won a number of penalty corners but failed to seize the opportunity.

Lalarimsyami cleared a pass for Sushila Chanu in the 44th minute and returned a goal for India. India aggressively won a barrage of PCs in the final quarter, only to lose them again.

New Zealand took a two-goal lead when Marie scored from another set piece.


But Gerjit finally scored from the set piece when he converted India’s 13th penalty corner in the 59th minute.

In the last moments of the match, India got two more PCs but lost both.

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