Indian women’s team came up with impressive performance, after yesterday’s draw against Ukraine, to beat Canada with an impressive score of 4-1. Their men counterparts did well in converting penalty corners (4 successful conversion of 5 chances) to defeat Italy 8-1. But Indian mens did not look as ruthless as they were against Singapore. They committed some usual mistakes in defending e.g. as slow foot movement. These mistakes against top teams may cause dearly.
For India, Sandeep singh found board thrice out of 4 PCs (4th, 22nd and 23rd Minute), while Ragunath scored 1 PC (that was second PC for India) goal in 12th Minute, SV Sunil scored a goal in each half (30th and 38th Minute), Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Shivendra Singh found the target once each in 32nd and 52nd Minute respectively. While Italy pulled one back in 17th Minute through NANNI Alessandro in an indirect penalty corner conversion. Italy managed to hold India very well in second half and conceded only two goal after lemon break when the score board read 6-1 in favor of the hosts.
India vs Canada women’s match, started on quite rough note when Canadian mid-fielder body tackled an Indian player and kept the physios on both side busy till the end, though all was un-intentional injuries. Determined Indian girls were on song and scored some beautiful goals with some individual skills and variations in penalty corners, but conceded unlucky one in the dying moment of the game.
Soundarya Yendala scored first goal on a PC, when she deflected a well calculated pass from Captain Ansuta Lakra (16th Minute). Three minutes later, teenager Rani Rampal scored a solo goal, on a free hit from the dotted line near baseline and dribbled three defenders in deep D area enroute to find board with a fierce hit. India increased their lead further through Sushila Chanu in 26th minute through a very well executed penalty corner and went into lemon break with 3-0 lead. Canada came out strongly in second half but could not utilize the opportinities which came their way, in the mean while (49th Minute) Anuradha Devi Th smashed a free ball into the nets to register her name on scoreboard. In the second last minute of the game, young HAUGHN Hannah of Canada managed to pull one back in a goal mouth melee.
Tomorrow (20th February) is a rest and 21st February’s schedule as given below:
W7 10:00am CAN – UKR
W8 12:00pm ITA – RSA
M7 2:00pm SIN – CAN
M8 4:00pm POL – ITA
W9 6:00pm POL – IND
M9 8:00pm FRA – IND
Today (19th February)’s Results
POL – ITA 1 – 4 (0 – 0)
CAN – POL 2 – 3 (1 – 2)
RSA – UKR 2 – 0 (2 – 0)
SIN – FRA 0 – 9 (0 – 5)
IND – CAN 4 – 1 (3 – 0)
IND – ITA 8 – 1 (6 – 1)
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