The Indian ladies’s hockey crew got here from a objective all the way down to beat USA 4-2 in its first match of the FIH Professional League double-header in Rotterdam on Tuesday. Danielle Grega gave USA the lead within the twenty eighth minute by a discipline effort earlier than the Indians compelled their approach again into the match by scoring by Deep Grace Ekka (thirty first), Navneet Kaur (thirty second) and Sonika (fortieth) to take a 3-1 lead. The Individuals lowered the margin within the forty fifth minute by Natalie Konerth’s penalty nook conversion earlier than Vandana Katariya sealed the sport in India’s favour with a discipline objective within the fiftieth minute.
India began on a optimistic be aware however it was USA who bought the primary probability within the type of a penalty nook within the tenth minute however squandered it.
Quickly the Indians had the primary shot on the objective however Gurjit Kaur’s effort from a penalty nook missed the goal.
Within the twenty second minute, USA secured back-to-back penalty corners however wasted each. Vandana’s twin efforts from discipline play within the twenty seventh minute was defended properly by USA however within the course of India secured a penalty nook however to no avail.
Simply 45 seconds into third quarter, India drew parity by Deep Grace’s penalty nook conversion earlier than Navneet shocked the Individuals with an excellent discipline objective from Vandana’s move after a effective construct up from the proper flank.
The Indians had their probabilities within the type of penalty corners however wasted them.
Within the thirty ninth minute, Bichu Devi made an excellent save to disclaim the Individuals.
A minute later, Sonika prolonged India’s lead with a discipline objective, courtesy a defensive lapse from the Individuals.
USA didn’t quit and lowered the margin simply on the stroke of the third quarter by a penalty nook conversion by Konerth.
5 minutes into the fourth and remaining quarter, India reclaimed their two-goal benefit when Vandana scored with a fierce shot from the proper.
Thereafter, each the groups tried onerous for objectives, particularly USA however they did not breach the resolute Indian defence.
India and USA will once more face one another within the second match of the tie on Wednesday.
Argentina has already claimed the title, ending with 42 factors from 16 matches, whereas India, making their debut within the match, are positioned third with 27 factors from 13 video games.
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