India played their second match in the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup. The World Cup will be played in two countries, Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen, Netherlands, and Estadi Olimpic de Terrassa Stadium in Terrassa, Spain. India played their first match of the tournament against England, and it ended in a draw by 1-1 at Amstelveen.
India played their second match in Pool B against China on 5th July in the Netherlands. The women’s team had a close call to defeat in the previous game, which they avoided with an end-time score and good defense. India also had the same fate as the earlier game and ended it on a draw of 1-1. India ranks 8th in World Hockey Ranking, whereas China ranks 13th.
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Both the teams had a slow start to the game, with each trying to take their game one up against the other. India and China had no numbers on the scoreboard in the first quarter. At the end of the second quarter, China’s Zheng Jiali scored a goal in the 25th minute. India got a chance to score in a penalty but Gurjit Kaur’s shot was kicked by goalkeeper Ping Liu. The Indian team was in a poor place, but Vandana Kataria, the most experienced player, pulled a low drag-flick past the Chinese goalkeeper and equalized the score in the 45th minute.
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FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup: India vs China Ends with a 1-1 Draw, India’s Second Draw
Each tried to defend the score with slight attacks, but the game ended soon with both having to draw by 1-1 goals. It was the fourth India vs China game of this year in which the women in blue have prevailed thrice. One in the Asia Cup and two in the FIH Hockey Pro League. India will face New Zealand next.
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