|August 1st, 2013|
|28||Quarterfinal||9:30am||ESP - IND||2 - 4 (2 - 2)||Final||x 18|
India are the first team to qualify for Friday’s semi-finals at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. The young Indian team celebrated a deserved 4-2 victory over Spain in Thursday’s first quarter-final. India have reached the top four for the first time in Junior World Cup history.
Both teams entered the pitch with great intensity. Spain won an early penalty corner which resulted in a well worked goal, Patricia Marana passing the ball to Xantal Gine who smashed it into the bottom of the goal. But India replied immediately equalising through Monika. The score stood at 1-1 after ten minutes of play.
Afterwards it were India that dominated ball possession and had better scoring opportunities than Spain but failed to convert them. However, Spain took the 2-1 lead against the run of play five minutes before halftime when team-captain Berta Bonastre scored from open play. Once again, India did not take long to strike back. Navneet Kaur equalised with an outstanding reverse stick shot to level the match at 2-2 at halftime.
India started into the second half with real fire. Ponnamma Mallamada Narendra converted a penalty corner giving India their first lead in this match. They kept on pushing their opponents into their own half. Rani extended the lead 4-2 midway in the second half when she penetrated the circle on the right and scored from a reverse stick strike.
Spain’s first penalty corner in the second half came in the 53rd minute but the shot was blocked. With eight minutes remaining on the clock they won another penalty corner but Marana’s attempt was saved by Indian captain Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam. Afterwards another penalty corner shot from Gine went wide. Spain tried hard to come back but ended up losing 4-2.
Voices after the match:
Neil Hawgood, Indian coach: “The success has come from all the big losses as we have been beaten by the top teams in the world in World League Round 3. Now, this senior experience helps the girls here at the Junior World Cup. The girls were a bit nervous at the beginning but they showed character and continued to work for 70 minutes.”
Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Indian captain: “Today’s key was the scoring and the team spirit. We decided to win this match and played fast throughout the whole game. We are very excited now as we have never reached the semi-finals before. Of course we would love to qualify for the final.”
Rani, 4-2 goal scorer: “This is amazing. It is a great day for Hockey in India. I knew that we will win today if we keep up the pressure.”
Jorge Donoso Bailon, Spanish coach: “India is a great team. They were really fast with their dangerous counter-attacks.”
|August 01st, 2013 at 2:19 am||The first quarter-final at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach sees Spain taking on India.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 2:20 am||The umpires for ESP v IND are Michelle Joubert and Annelize Rostron, both from South Africa.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 2:35 am||The first quarter-final between Spain and India is underway on Pitch 1|
|August 01st, 2013 at 2:38 am||Xantal Gine @xanti20 opens the scoring on Pitch 1 when she converted a penalty corner in the 7th minute. ESP 1 - 0 IND|
|August 01st, 2013 at 2:40 am||Just three minutes later India's Monika (FG) levels the score to 1-1 against Spain.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 3:01 am||Team-captain @bertabonastre makes it 2-1 for @Sub21femHockey with 5 minutes remaining in the 1st half. ESP 2 - 1 IND|
|August 01st, 2013 at 3:07 am||India strike back one minute before halftime! Navneet Kaur equalized with an outstanding reverse stick shot.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 3:07 am||The halftime score in the quarter-final Spain v India is tied 1-1.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 3:13 am||The halftime score in the quarter-final Spain v India is tied 2-2. Sorry!|
|August 01st, 2013 at 3:16 am||The second half has started! The current score at Spain v India is tied 2-2.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 3:23 am||Ponnamma Mallamada Narendra scores from a penalty corner taking the 3-2 lead for India in their quarter-final against Spain.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 3:30 am||Rani extends India's lead to two goals. The score is Spain 2 - 4 India. 22 minutes are still remaining in this quarter-final.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 3:53 am||Full time: India defeat Spain 4-2 and qualify for the semi-finals.|