Women’s Hockey World Cup: India beat Canada to save six saves in shootout

After both teams finished regulation time at 1–1, the Indian team defeated Canada 3–2 to progress to 9–12th place of the tournament.

India are already out of the medal race after losing the crossover match against Spain and have qualified for a goal in the quarter-finals.

Madeline Seko (11th minute) scored for Canada, while Salima Tete (58th) scored for India.

Savita, who performed brilliantly, made six saves in the shootout while Navneet Kaur, Sonika and Neha converted their chances to help India register their first win in the competition.

In an aggressive start to the match, the Indian team retained most of the ball, trying to make it to Canada’s half but without causing much damage. Canada, on the other hand, took some time to settle down in the match and started putting pressure on India. His first real attack came in the 10th minute when he earned his first penalty corner of the match, but missed to convert it.

In the very next minute, he broke the deadlock through Madeline Seiko, who managed to find it in the back of the net after a mishandled PC attempt.

Trailing a target, India started the second quarter on the offensive and entered Canada’s defense on several occasions. One such occasion came in the 25th minute when Vandana and Navneet scored together. But Canada’s Rowan Harris averted the threat. Putting pressure on their opponents, India created various scoring opportunities in the last leg of the first half, but Canada’s defense unit kept the Indian attackers on hold at the end of the first half to lead 1-0.

India continued to play aggressively in the third quarter and provided a golden opportunity to equalize in the opening minutes of the second half. It was Navjot Kaur who was in a perfect position to score, but her effort went over the bar.

A few minutes later, India conceded another penalty corner but Savita made a brilliant save. India earned one penalty corner after another, but missed the opportunity. In the final minute, India missed out on a golden opportunity to score again as Lalremsiami’s dive attempt from Salima Tete from the right missed the target.

In search of an equalizer, India showed readiness to convert a target in the last quarter. After several missed PC attempts, India eventually equalized in the 58th minute through Salima Tete, who found the back of the net through a perfectly executed PC variation.

India will take on Japan on June 13 in the 9th-12th place match.

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