In a stunning victory, India clinically beat China in Asia Cup women’s hockey match. Securing its place in the FIH, the team dodged its way to qualify in the 2018 World Cup by registering a 5-4 win in the finale match.
It was in the year 2004 that India’s Women’s hockey team stood victorious against Japan by 1-0. Last time, they stood ninth after a failed attempt to qualify in the 2010 World Cup. With goalkeeper’s brilliant save in a tense shootout and an imminent final goal by skipper Rani, the team broke its jinx of 13-long-years.
While Rani scored twice, Monica, Lilima Minz, and Navjot scored a goal each during the shootout.
Congratulations to our hockey team on winning the Women's #AsiaCup2017. India is delighted by their stellar performance.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2017
India’s maiden goal was scored by Navjot Kaur in the 25th minute, after which China also equalled the score in the 47th minute through Tiantian Luo’s penalty corner.
With an array of sweeping the ball in each other’s goal posts, both the teams reached a nerve-wracking equilizer just nine minutes before the final hooter. India skillfully pulled up their socks, and left no stones unturned, to dodge through gaps in the 15-yard mark.
With a little less than 3 minutes in hand for the final whistle, China clinched their fourth PC. But it was rusher Sunita Lakra’s excellent presence of mind, which saved the blow. It was almost immediately that India shot an awesome couterattck on their opponents to sweep the ball wide off the target and prevent from concluding the match in a draw.
Savita was awarded with Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
Early this year, the men’s team also emerged victorious in Asia Cup.