Women's hockey squad named for HWL Semi Final

Indian women's hockey team

In a frantic second quarter, Ramandeep Singh levelled things for India with a field goal in the 24th minute and a PC in the 26th minute. Many including the coach were frustrated with the game team India played. The Indians only had themselves to blame as a below-par opening 20 minutes and some sloppy defence ruined their hopes.

However, if Malaysia at world number 14 secure a semifinal berth by upsetting India Thursday, their route to the World Cup is secured besides qualifying for the HWL Final Round in India from Dec 1-10 this year.

Gonzalo Peillat's goal sandwiched in between two efforts from Maico Casella gave the South American side a commanding lead, with Shan Ali's 49th minute strike proving to be little more than a consolation.

In the last-four encounter today, Malaysia will take on Olympic champions Argentina, while the Indian team will go into a minor-placing playoff against Pakistan. They made it through to the quarters by defeating Scotland 3-1 but were knocked out by Argentina by the same scoreline in the last eight.

Malaysia will square-off with Argentina in the semi-final match on Saturday after the 2014 World Cup semifinalist defeated Pakistan 3-1 in another quarter-final match.




Both Pool A matches were draws as China and Scotland could not be separated at 1-1, while South Korea's clash with Italy ended goalless. It is also encouraging that India did not concede any goal in the third and fourth quarter.

After the change of ends, India continued to dominate and earned two penalty corners in quick succession but Harmanpreet Singh failed to deliver.

Malaysia started out strong as they raked in their first goal at the third minute when Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani converted a penalty corner.

While the Indians played attacking hockey, the Malaysians preferred to sit back and defend and rely on counter-attacks. Picking up an aerial pass deep in the Indian territory, Tengku had a chance to put Malaysia ahead in the 17th minute, but sent a reverse shot straight into goalkeeper Dahiya's chest.

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