The Indian women’s hockey team put on a dominating performance to thrash the US 4-0 in the second leg to secure a reliable third place in their debut season at the FIH Pro League in Rotterdam on Wednesday. Private. The Indians had previously beaten the United States 4-2 in the first match of the double on Tuesday. Vandana Katariya (39, 54) scored a brace, while Sonika (54) and Sangita Kumari (58) scored once for India. Argentina won the title with the Netherlands in second place.
America started the game fairly bright and seized the first chance of the game as early as second minute, but Elizabeth Yeager’s high shot was easily saved by India keeper and Savita. India also had a chance soon but Sharmila Devi squandered a golden opportunity when he failed to beat the US goalkeeper from close range.
As usual, Salima Tete was a direct line from the right, creating chances for the opposition with defensive runs and counter-attacks.
The Americans secured their second corner in the 11th minute but wasted the opportunity.
The US once again started positively after the round but the Indians confidently entered as the game progressed.
India secured their first corner in the 23rd minute but failed to do so.
India continued to attack after that and earned two more corners but the end result was the same as both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half.
India scored a corner in the third minute, but Navneet Kaur’s shot in the trap after an initial fumbling from the keeper was easily saved by America’s Kelsey Bing. But it was Janneke Schopman’s girls who broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when Vandana had a weak touch to clear the ball in Gurjit Kaur’s shot from India’s fifth corner.
The Indians had plenty of opportunities in the last two quarters. Navneet missed a sighted player as her slap in front of goal went over the post.
The Americans enjoyed a corner in the 43rd minute but India defended well.
India then scored three goals in a four-minute period to close the game.
First, Vandana scored the opener from an assist from the right and seconds later, Sonika scored against the United States from close range of goal from another strike from the right.
India captain Savita soon made a brace to deny the Americans from a corner.
Young girl Sangita also put her name on the scoreboard with a wonderful goal in the 57th minute.
The last chance of the game fell to the US in another corner but they squandered it.
Victory will give India confidence ahead of the Women’s World Cup co-hosted by the Netherlands and Spain from July 1 to 17.
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