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Indian Women's Hockey team loses 3-4 to Germany in Women's Junior Hockey World Cup

Annu (11th minute), Ropni Kumari (14th minute) and Mumtaz Khan (24th minute) scored for India.

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Indian Women's Hockey team loses 3-4 to Germany in Women's Junior Hockey World Cup

Indian Junior Women's Hockey Team. Image- News9live

Despite leading by two goals, the Indian Women's Hockey team lost 3-4 to eventual runners-up Germany in a thrilling match of the FIH Hockey Women's Junior Hockey World Cup in Santiago, Chile, on Friday.

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Indian Junior Women's Hockey Team. Image- News9live
Indian Junior Women's Hockey Team. Image- News9live

Annu (11th minute), Ropni Kumari (14th minute) and Mumtaz Khan (24th minute) scored for India while Sophia Schwabe (17th), Laura Pluth (21st and 36th) and Carolin Seidel (38th) scored for Germany.

India quickly settled into a passing rhythm, dominating the game in the opening quarter by controlling possession and continuously testing Germany's defensive line

The Indian team, which defeated Canada by 12.0 in the first match, dominated the first quarter and troubled the German defense. Between these attacks, India got consecutive penalty corners and Annu gave the lead to the team by scoring on the second one. Three minutes later, Ropni scored to increase India's lead to 2.0 in the first quarter. 

In the second quarter, Sophia scored a field goal for Germany in the second minute. At the same time, Laura scored the equalizing goal. However, Mumtaz scored in the 24th minute to give India a 3.2 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, India's emphasis remained on possession control while Germany scored the equaliser. Laura scored this goal in the 36th minute. Carolin scored a penalty corner in the 38th minute to give Germany the lead. 

In the last quarter, both teams showed a very aggressive game but could not score a goal. Indian goalkeeper Madhuri Kindo performed brilliantly to prevent Germany from scoring another goal. India got two consecutive penalty corners in the last moments but could not score a goal.

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The Indian team will next take on Belgium in their third match of the Women's Junior Hockey World Cup on 2nd December at 18:30hrs IST.

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