The Indian women’s hockey team was knocked out of the FIH World Cup title race on Monday after losing 0-1 to host Spain in a hard-fought crossover match. After a tough three-quarter contest, the Indian defense allowed the final hotter to score a goal in just three minutes when Marta Sego scored from a rebound to knock them out of the knockout round.
As has been the case so far in the tournament, India once again performed poorly in changing the penalty corner. He scored four in three games against Spain but all chances were in vain.
India’s first penalty corner came in the eighth minute but the Spanish defense was ready to block any interference.
In the first quarter, both teams were a bit hesitant in their game, they made some mistakes which resulted in very few chances to score.
Then it was all about Spain as they found ways to cross the Indian backline.
In front of the goal, Indian captain Swetha explained why she is so famous because she saves time and time again to maintain this deadlock.
Spain continued to attack in the second quarter and in a moment of superb goalkeeping, Sveita saved three in a row, first from Xantal Gine’s penalty corner strike, then a rebound from the same player and finally to Beguna Garcia. A rebound from to keep your team.
Seconds later, India got their second PC but Spain’s first goalkeeper Melania Garcia saved Monica’s shot and then Lucia Jimenez showed great courage to keep the rebound.
India soon had a great chance to take the lead when Saleema Tete set it up with a brilliant run along the baseline for Vandana Kataraya but the latter tried to stick it on Garcia’s reach over the crossbar. Drowned because both teams failed to break it. Half time interruption.
After the change of end, India started on the front foot and Spain had to focus on stopping the attacks of their opponents.
During the third quarter, the pace slowed down as both teams looked increasingly restless, resulting in mistakes but a stalemate.
Both teams created early opportunities in the fourth and final quarters.
First an unmarked Sarah Bereus just hit a wide shot with Swetha and then a beautiful flowing trick from India before she could find a shot to tell. Jimenez then tried to find his way through the Indian defense to meet only the invincible Swetha.
Spain’s Georgina Oliva then danced through the Indian defense but shot over the bar.
Monica also started making some great runs to put the Spanish defense in trouble but they could not get any result.
The deadlock was finally broken just three minutes from Hotter by Marta Sego, who saved an early shot from Clara Eckart through a close rebound.
Beyond one goal, Spain did not make the last minute easy for them as they played with nine players in which Garcia received a yellow card and then Sego received a green card.
Despite enjoying the advantage of two players, the Indians failed to take advantage of the opportunity, thus getting out of the medal round.
India will play Canada next Tuesday for the ninth to 16th position match here.
In the quarter-finals, New Zealand will face Germany, another co-host the Netherlands will face Belgium, Australia will face Spain and England will face Argentina.
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