The Indian ladies’s hockey crew surprised formidable Germany 2-1 to register its second consecutive win in pool levels and guarantee its place within the quarterfinals of the FIH Junior World Cup on Sunday.
India, who thrashed Wales 5-1 in its opening Pool D match on Saturday, scored by two penalty nook conversions by Lalremsiami (2nd minute) and Mumtaz Khan (twenty fifth) to emerge winners.
Germany’s lone aim was scored by Jule Bleuel within the 57th minute.
The Indian will end off their pool engagements in opposition to Malaysia on April 5 earlier than the quarterfinal spherical which begins on April 8.
The Indians are presently atop Pool D with two wins from as many video games forward of second-placed Germany. Two groups every from swimming pools will qualify for the knock-out rounds.
Towards Germany, the Indians took the lead as early as within the second minute when Lalremsiami scored from a rebound after Deepika’s dragflick from a penalty nook was saved by German goalkeeper Mali Wichmann.
Thereafter, Germany proceedings and earned a handful of penalty corners by placing relentless stress on the Indian defence, which stood agency.
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India goalkeeper Bichu Devi Karibam had a wonderful match as she not solely denied the Germans from penalty corners on variety of events but additionally pulled off a superb save to maintain out a penalty stroke by Jette Fleschutz within the second quarter.
The Indians largely relied on counter assaults and from one such transfer secured back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which was deflected in by Mumtaz within the twenty fifth minute.
The Germans have been the attacking facet for main a part of the primary half however have been wasteful in changing penalty corners as they wasted as many as six set items.
The Indians, on different hand, scored from two of the three penalty corners they managed within the first two quarters.
Down by two targets, the Germans continued to assault after the change of ends however as has been the case they failed to seek out the again of the Indian web regardless of creating quite a few probabilities.
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The Indians additionally upped their recreation a bit within the fourth and ultimate quarter, making inroads into German circle on fairly a couple of events however to no avail.
Germany livened up the sport three minutes from the ultimate hooter by a reverse hit subject aim by Bleuel.
However the Indian defence did sufficient within the remaining minutes of the sport to pocket full factors from the sport.
The quadrennial match, which was initially scheduled for final December, was postponed because of the risk posed by the omicron variant of COVID-19 in South Africa.
India, who’ve appeared in 4 editions of the junior international occasion, claimed their finest end in 2013 with a bronze. The crew didn’t qualify for the earlier version.