Playing a hard-fought battle against the defending champions China, the Indian Women Hockey Team went down fighting to China 1-2 in their second league match of the 17th Asian Games played at Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, South Korea today, while Indian men’s hockey team is all set for the clash against neighbouring arch-rivals Pakistan.
Liang Meiyu and Zhao Yudiao scored a goal each for China, whereas Jaspreet Kaur scored the lone goal for India. Both the teams played attacking hockey from the first minute and tried to create maximum chances. But it was China who opened the account in the 2nd quarter when the game was in the 19th minute, Liang Meiyu converted a penalty corner opportunity and opening the scorecard at 1-0.
India fought back fiercely after conceding the goal and managed to earn a penalty stroke within four minutes. Defender Jaspreet Kaur took the opportunity and successfully converted the penalty stroke to equalise the score at 1-1 in the 23rd minute.
The third quarter saw an intense fight where both India and China strived for the winning goal. In the 59th minute, India got a setback when China’s Zhao Yudiao managed to sneak the ball in the net and claimed the victory by 2-1.
Indian women will be playing their third and last pool match against Malaysia on 26th September 2014 at 13:30 IST.
With both the India and Pakistan men’s teams having won their respective matches till now in the tournament, this match between the two is the most powerful match in the group stage as both India and Pakistan will strive to claim their third consecutive victory in the tournament and remain undefeated.
Speaking ahead of the match against Pakistan, Indian midfielder and Captain Sardar Singh said, “Playing against Pakistan is an experience that every player looks forward to, it will be the second time in the Asian Games that I will be playing against them and I am sure that it will be a challenging battle between the two teams. The whole team is excited and ready to take them on tomorrow.”
Speaking on the much awaited clash against Pakistan, Indian Men Hockey team’s Chief Coach Terry Walsh said, “The match with Pakistan will be a keen contest. We need to display what we have developed over recent months and keep the free running Pakistan way of play in check. Equally we will need to play with discipline and cunning against a formidable opponent. This is a contest we are very keen to play.”