The Indian ladies’s hockey crew’s dream run within the FIH Junior World Cup got here to a screeching halt after it suffered a 0-3 defeat to three-time champion, the Netherlands within the semifinals on Sunday.
India, whose finest end within the event got here within the 2013 version the place it completed as bronze medallist, was eyeing a maiden berth within the summit conflict of the occasion.
The crew to date produced prime quality hockey to march into the last-four spherical unbeaten.
However it was to not be because the Netherlands scored three discipline objectives by Tessa Beetsma (twelfth minute), Luna Fokke (53rd) and Jip Dicke (54th) to emerge winner and sail into its fourth consecutive closing.
Opposite to the consequence, the Indians began on a vivid notice and dominated the early share of exchanges.
Mumtaz Khan, India’s highest scorer within the event to date with six objectives, got here near giving her facet the lead early on however her shot from skipper Salima Tete’s cross hit the submit.
The Indians pressed exhausting on the Dutch objective within the first quarter and secured as many as three penalty corners however they failed in closing execution.
The Netherlands scored in opposition to the run of play within the twelfth minute by a implausible discipline effort from Beetsma, in what has been described as one of the best objective of the event because it concerned as many as 20 passes.
The objective modified the complexion of the match fully as from there on, the Dutch took management of the proceedings and put the Indian defence beneath stress with relentless raids, which included three unsuccessful penalty nook.
After the change of ends, the Dutch fully dominated the proceedings and the Indians have been content material in enjoying the ready sport, defending in numbers and simply ready for the chance to counter-attack.
However each the groups failed of their ploy because the third quarter did not produce any objectives.
The Dutch prolonged their lead within the 53rd minute by Fokke’s reverse hit previous India custodian Bichu Devi Kharibam after receiving a superb cross-field cross from Noor Omrani.
A minute later, the Netherlands actually took the sport away from the Indians with one other discipline strike by Dicke, who deflected dwelling a Beetsma reverse hit.
From there on, it was subsequent to unimaginable for the Indians because the Dutch continued to dominate to take the sport away and seal their place within the closing.
India will face the loser of the second semifinal between England and Germany within the bronze-medal match on Tuesday.