Women’s World Hockey League: India beat Uruguay 4-2 in shootout

02 April 2017, 11:18 AM
Women’s World Hockey League: India beat Uruguay 4-2 in shootout
Women’s World Hockey League: India beat Uruguay 4-2 in shootout

Indian Women Hockey team started their Women’s World League campaign on a winning note as they defeated Uruguay 4-2 in the penalty shootout.

Skipper Rani, Monika, Deepika and Navjot Kaur held their nerves to score in the tense penalty shootout that saw them through after the two sides were locked 2-2 at the end of the regulation time.

India got off to a good start and took the lead with skipper Rani scoring as early as in the sixth minute.

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India held on to the lead till the third quarter but Uruguay struck their first goal in the 45th minute to equalise through Maria Teresa Viana Ache.

After a quick two-minute break before the final quarter began, a few key variations brought in by India chief coach Sjoerd Marijne saw Vandana Katariya convert a fine field goal in the 49th minute to take 2-1 lead.

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But a defensive error in the striking circle in the 54th minute saw the Indian team concede a penalty stroke which was successfully converted by Uruguay’s Manuela Vilar.

In the last six minutes, the Indian forwards made forays into the opposition striking circle but could not fetch a goal eventually leading the match to a penalty shootout.

With the experienced goalkeeper Savita producing a good show, India held their nerves to win 4-2 in the exciting penalty shootout.

First Published: Sunday, April 02, 2017 11:06 AM
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