The Indian girls’s hockey workforce shocked Olympic champions Netherlands 2-1 within the first match of their double leg FIH Pro League tie right here on Saturday. The Indians scored via Neha (eleventh minute) and Sonika (twenty eighth), each from penalty corners, handy the house workforce a 2-0 lead at half time. After the change of ends, the Netherlands scored from a penalty nook via Jansen Yibbi within the fortieth minute to scale back the margin. This was India’s fourth win within the FIH Pro League.
Even although the Netherlands have arrived in India with a second-string facet, it was a creditable efficiency from the Indians as they have been additionally with out three key gamers — Lalremsiami, Salima Tete and Sharmila Devi, who have been a part of India’s historic fourth-place end within the Tokyo Olympics.
Netherlands have come right here with none participant from their profitable Olympic marketing campaign.
India avenged the 1-5 drubbing in opposition to the Netherlands within the pool stage of the Tokyo Games.
The victory took India to the second spot within the standings with 15 factors from seven video games, whereas the Netherlands continued to steer the desk with 17 factors from as many matches.
Both the groups will lock horns once more within the second match of the tie on Saturday.
Even although India loved extra possession, the Netherlands have been the higher facet on show by way of circle penetration, photographs on purpose and penalty corners.
The Netherlands had 30 circle penetrations, 13 photographs on purpose and 7 penalty corners as in comparison with India’s 12 circle penetrations, 5 photographs on purpose and three set items.
But what matter ultimately was the consequence and execution and in these areas India got here out with flying colors.
The Indians took the lead from their first actual assault of the match, which got here off a penalty nook via an alert Neha who deflected dwelling from Navneet Kaur’s move after the preliminary effort was stored out by the Dutch defence.
Early into the second quarter, Rajwinder missed a golden alternative to double India’s lead with solely the Dutch goalkeeper to beat as she despatched her shot broad.
Two minutes from half time, India doubled their lead from one other penalty nook via Sonika, who calmly slotted dwelling following a goalmouth scramble.
Ten minutes into the third quarter, the Netherlands secured a penalty nook which resulted to a penalty stroke after the ball hit Monika’s physique in entrance of purpose.
India captain and goalkeeper Savita guessed the course proper however could not maintain away Yibbi’s shot because the Netherlands decreased the margin to 1-2.
Thereafter, the Dutch girls put the Indian defence beneath large stress with steady raids however the dwelling workforce defence stood like a rock to garner full three factors and uncommon win over the Netherlands.
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