Indians record 3-2 win over Canada to advance to semi-finals

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India’s women’s hockey team survived some anxious moments before beating lower-seeded Canada 3-2 in their must-win Group A match to qualify for the Commonwealth Games semi-finals on Wednesday.

The Indians appeared to be in control until the 22nd minute, after taking a 2-0 lead over their world number 15 opponent thanks to goals from Salima Tete (3rd minute) and Navneet Kaur (22nd).

But the Canadians then produced a performance with a lion’s heart to equalize the scores thanks to goals from Brienne Stairs (23rd) and Hannah Haughn (39th).

With England already secured a place in the pool semi-finals with a 3-1 win over India on Tuesday, it was a do-or-die game for the side led by Canada’s Savita Punia needing only a draw to progress as they had. better goal difference.

Locked 2-2, Janneke Schopman’s girls responded brilliantly when Lalremsiami scored on a rebound after a penalty corner in the 51st minute.

The Indians were aggressive in the first quarter and dominated the proceedings from the start. India’s attacking intent paid off in the third minute of the game when Salima rebounded from a penalty corner.

Two minutes later, Lalremsiami missed a great chance to double the lead, his shot going over the Canadian goal post.

Seconds into the first quarter, Sangita Kumari showed great skill in carrying the ball from the baseline and creating a great chance for India, which was saved by Canadian goalkeeper Rowan Harris.

The Canadians showed more intention in the second quarter and managed to put the Indian defense under pressure a few times.

But it was India who doubled their lead in the 22nd minute as Navneet Kaur fired into an open goal after receiving a pass from Lalremsiami.

A minute later, Canada earned a penalty corner and closed the lead through Stairs. In the 39th minute, Canada earned another penalty corner and Haughn equalized for his team.

With seconds remaining in the third quarter, Canada earned two more penalty corners, but India defended in numbers. Facing elimination, Monika nearly gave India a much-needed goal in the 47th minute but was denied by Canadian goalkeeper Harris.

Two minutes later, Neha Goyal pushed from close range but the goal was disallowed as the ball hit Salima’s back stick.

The Indians kept up the pressure and earned a penalty corner in the 51st minute, and this time Lalremsiami took advantage of a scrum to the mouth of the goal after Gurjit Kaur’s shot was blocked by the Canadian defence. Two minutes from the whistle, India earned another penalty corner but failed to use it.

The Indians kept their defense in shape for the rest of the game to earn the most important victory.

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