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FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup: China holds India to 1-1 draw, Chile wins

India’s chances of direct qualification for the knockout stage suffered a setback as it was held to a 1-1 draw by China in the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup at Amstelveen on Tuesday.

India’s chances of direct qualification for the knockout stage suffered a setback as it was held to a 1-1 draw by China in the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup at Amstelveen on Tuesday. Earlier, in another game, Chile surprised Ireland by a solitary second half goal.

India, that had beaten China  in the FIH Pro League games, desperately needed a win to stay in the hunt for a direct place in the knockout stage as it had started its World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against England,

Credit goes to China as it played to a strategy to hold their  more fancied opponents to a draw. In fact, it was China that took the lead in the 26th minute through an opportunist field goal. Jiali Zheng, who got a yellow card in the 56th minute and was sitting on the sidelines for the last four minutes of the game, had done her role by scoring her team’s only goal.

Like India, China  had also started its campaign with a draw against New Zealand. Now China and India have two points each from two games each. India will play New Zealand in its last game while China will take on England.

After a barren first quarter, China was little more aggressive in the second quarter as its forwards supported by midfielders worked out good moves to keep the Indian defence under pressure. The Chinese efforts bore fruit in the 26th minute when it scored through Jiali Zheng.

Though India retaliated and continuously attacked its opponent’s citadel, it failed to break the Chinese defence.

Trailing 0-1 at the breather, Indian girls were under pressure to restore parity. As the field scoring opportunities were frittered away because of poor finish, it was experienced Vandana Katariya, who like the first game, came to the rescue of her team. She helped her team to score the equalizer following a penalty corner seconds before the end of the third quarter.

India went all out in the last quarter. It could not even make use of the Chinese team getting reduced to 10 players for the last four minutes of the game. Luck eluded India and it had to settle for a draw.

In all India got five penalty corners against one by China.

It was the second drawn game of the last 17 matches played between the two nations. India had won 10 times against five wins by China. Two games, including todays’ win, had ended in a stalemate.

Ireland, a finalist in the last edition of the London Women’s World Cup, went down fighting to a fourth quarter penalty corner goal to Chile, the first-time qualifier from South America. The all-important goal of the match was scored by Denise Krimerman Lasoda in the 48th minute. Incidentally, it was Chile’s only second win  against Ireland in 10 games. Ireland had won six of the previous nine games as two of these had ended in draws.

 

Prabhjot Singh 

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