Indian Women's Hockey Team Falls Short in FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Semi-Final

Indian Women's Hockey Team will now face Japan for a place in the Paris Olympics 2024.

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Indian Women's Hockey Team Falls Short in FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Semi-Final

Indian women's hockey team players celebrating their goal. Adimazes Pvt Ltd

In the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Ranchi 2024 Semi-Final, the Indian Women's Hockey Team put on an impressive display of skill and determination, but ultimately fell short, losing 2-2 (3-4 SO) in a thrilling match against Germany. The match was filled with tense moments and exciting plays that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats.

India will face Japan now for a spot in the Paris Olympics.  Adimazes Pvt Ltd
India will face Japan now for a spot in the Paris Olympics. Adimazes Pvt Ltd

The Indian team came into the Semi-Finals with two consecutive victories in the group stage, and they continued to show their dominance with numerous circle entries in the first quarter. A pivotal moment came when Deepika's drag-flick (14') on a penalty corner secured the lead for India.

Despite India's tight defense, Charlotte Stapenhorst (26') equalized for Germany, bringing the score to 1-1 at halftime. The third quarter saw both teams intensify their game, aiming to secure a spot in the Final and confirm their presence in the 2024 Paris Olympics. However, neither team managed to score, leaving the score at 1-1 going into the final quarter.

Indian women's hockey team players celebrating their goal.  Adimazes Pvt Ltd
Indian women's hockey team players celebrating their goal. Adimazes Pvt Ltd

In the fourth quarter, Deepika attempted a shot at goal, but the German goalkeeper denied it. With just over three minutes remaining, Charlotte Stapenhorst (56') scored a field goal, putting Germany in the lead. India quickly responded, with Ishika (59') levelling the score with a goal from a deflection on a penalty corner, forcing the match into a penalty shootout as the full-time score stood at 2-2.

The shootout was an intense battle between both teams as they fought to earn a spot in the Final. Sangita, Sonika, and Lalremsiami scored for India, while Captain Savita showcased brilliance in front of the goal. However, Germany held their nerves, winning 4-3 in the penalties by the narrowest of margins to advance to the Final.

Looking ahead, India is now set to face Japan in the 3rd/4th place play-off on January 19th at 4.30 pm IST. The winner of that match will earn a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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