The Indian women’s hockey team unveiled a dominant performance to beat the USA 4-0 in the second leg to finish third in the playoffs in its first season in the FIH Pro League in Rotterdam on Thursday. The Indians already defeated the USA 4-2 in the first match of the double header on Tuesday. Vandana Katariya (39th, 54th) won a brace, while Sonika (54th) and Sangita Kumari (58th) played once for India. Argentina have already won the title with the Netherlands finishing second.
The U.S. started the game on a clear note and secured the first world match of the match as early as the second minute, but Elizabeth Yeager’s shot was easily saved by Indian skipper and Savita goalie. The Indians even had their lives recently but Sharmila Devi lost a gold medal as he failed to hit the USA goal from close range.
As usual, Salima Tete is a live wire from the right side, creating spaces for her team with shared safety speeds.
The Americans saved their second penalty kick in the 11th minute but the world lost.
The US once again got off to a good start after the quarterfinals but the Indians pulled confident as the game progressed.
India secured their first penalty kick in the 23rd minute but failed to do something set.
The Indians continued to attack and then won two more penalty kicks but the end result was the same as both teams failed to break the lock in half time.
Three minutes into the third quarter, India secured a penalty kick but Navneet Kaur’s shot after a free kick from the stand was easily saved by USA goalkeeper Kelsey Bing. But Janneke Schopman’s girls broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when Vandana broke away from Gurjit Kaur’s penalty from India’s fifth penalty.
Indians have a lot of life in the last two regions. Navneet missed a sitter as his slap shot in front of an open goal going on the post.
The Americans guarded the penalty spot in the 43rd minute but the Indians defended well.
India scored three goals in four minutes to tie the game.
First, Vandana won an open field goal from the right and then seconds later, Sonika saw the US average from a gold melee from another attack from the right.
Indian leader Savita recently doubled down on denying Americans a corner.
Young Sangita even registered his name in the bookmark with an amazing’s 57th minute.
The final round of the match fell ahead of the US in the form of another penalty kick but they missed it.
The victory will boost India’s confidence ahead of the Women’s World Cup hosted by the Netherlands and Spain from July 1 to 17.
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