Germany defeated New Zealand 3-2 on golden goal in an intense final to win the Lal Bahadur Shastri Four Nation U – 21 Hockey Tournament (Women’s) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. While India overcame stiff Australians (Jillaroos) to finish third in the tournament, striker Anupa Barla scored a two goals for India, as they came back twice from a goal down to beat Australia 3-2. Captain Poonam Rani had found the target in the 37th minute to level the scores, which read 0-1 in fever of visitors at half time (scored through Brooke Peris in 32nd minute). Though Australians took the lead again in 41st minute through Kate Gilmore, Barla leveled the scoreline in next minute and found the net again in 65th minute to win it for India.
In finals, following a leveled score of 2-2 after 70 minutes, Sophie Mayen of Germany scored the golden goal in the 75th minute to win it for Germany. Earlier, Viola Scharf (11th, 45th) scored twice for Germany, while Pippa Hayward (35th) and Julia King (43th) found the board for New Zealand.
In the league stage: India had beaten New Zealand (3-2) in the opening match of the tournament, drew with Australia (1-1) but lost to Germany (1-2) to miss the finals. The finalist New Zealand won their other two league matches against Australia (3-2) and Germany (6-2), while Germany beat Australia 3-1 to reach finals.
Sumati on Indian Girls’ victory over Australia, “They played well, unlike yesterday 🙂 the defense is something to look forward to. lovely field goals today. The mood at the stadium was great. and the sweetest part — they have a great UNDER 21 MALE AUDIENCE (wink wink wink) :))”
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