The Indian ladies’s hockey workforce continued its unbeaten run and defeated South Korea 3-0 on Friday to enter the semifinals of the FIH Junior World Cup for under the second time.
The Indians, who topped the pool stage with an all-win report, scored by means of Mumtaz Khan (eleventh minute), Lalrindiki (fifteenth) and Sangita Kumari (forty first) to emerge winners within the quarterfinal match.
India’s greatest end result within the event stays the bronze medal end on the 2013 version in Monchengladbach, Germany, the place it defeated England 3-2 in shootout following a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time.
In opposition to Korea, India made a sedate begin however discovered its footing 10 minutes into the sport.
The Indian gamers used their velocity and defence-splitting runs to hassle the Korean backline, which resulted in two penalty corners, the primary of which was capitalised by Mumtaz.
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It was Olympian Sharmila Devi’s good run and a resultant cross that created the brief nook for India and Mumtaz deflected house skipper Salima Tete’s slap for her sixth objective of the event.
Seconds from the tip of first quarter, Lalrindiki doubled India’s lead by tapping in a rebound after Deepika’s reverse shot was saved by Korean goalkeeper Eunji Kim.
The second quarter was extra bodily from each the groups however it was India who dominated possession.
The Indian defence was spectacular within the first two quarters because the Koreans hardly examined goalkepeer Bichu Devi Kahribam, whose solely involvement within the first half-hour was when she comfortably kicked away Korean skipper Seona Kim’s miscued shot simply earlier than half time.
South Africa earned its first penalty nook of the match after the change of ends, however Seona Kim’s deflection went simply over the bar.
Minutes later, India prolonged its lead by means of Sangita, who pushed house in an open objective after Korean goalkeeper Eunji Kim was thrown off stability by Magnificence Dung Dung’s miscued shot.
Regardless of having fun with a cushty three-goal benefit, the Indians by no means let the momentum slip out of their palms and, as an alternative, continued to press arduous.
India will subsequent face the winner of the opposite quarterfinal between three-time champion Netherlands and South Africa on Sunday.