Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup: India Crash 0-3

Hockey Women's Junior World Cup: India crash to 0-3 semi-final defeat vs Netherlands

India lost to Netherlands in the Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup semi-final.© Instagram

The Indian junior women’s hockey team, which dominated the semi-finals of the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup with a 3-0 win, lost to the Netherlands on Sunday. Goals from Tessa Beetsma (12′), Luna Focke (53′) and Zip Dicke (54′) ensured that the Netherlands booked their last spot. For India, Mumtaz Khan’s opening shot gave a positive start to their semi-final campaign. The forward has been impressive in the tournament so far, however, she could not find the right deflection as her shot hit the crossbar, denying India an early 1-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the Dutch came up with a brilliant 18-pass goal, executed patiently, to beat the Indian defense on goal. It was player of the match Tessa Beetsma who opened the scoreboard for the Dutch with that fine goal in the 12th minute.

A few minutes later, the Dutch took another brilliant shot on goal but the umpire rejected the goal as the shot went off the attacker’s back stick.

Though India displayed their abilities with the attack, making eight circle penetrations at halftime, with five shots on goal, which included some PCs, they were unable to find a breakthrough.

With the match being played equally by both the teams, the Dutch returned after half-time with an improvised attack that proved difficult for India to beat. While he pushed for a goal in the first few minutes of the third quarter, India faced the challenge with some fine saves along with goalkeeper Bichu Devi.

Indian team captain Salima, who tried to dominate the midfield in India’s attack, got ahead of the Dutch defenders, denying India every opportunity to take a successful shot on goal.

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With the match going into the deciding quarter, India were still expected to make it 1-1. But the Dutch went into top gear to finish the match with two more goals in their kitty. Luna Focke and Zip Dicke scored back to back in the 53rd and 54th minutes to ensure that they snatched the match from India and advanced to the final.

India will play in the bronze medal match on 12 April 2022.

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