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Hockey Women’s Asia Cup: India beats China 2-0 to win bronze

The Indian women’s hockey team signed off on the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 with a hard-fought 2-nil victory over China during the third-place match in Muscat on Friday. Goals by

The Indian women’s hockey team signed off on the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 with a hard-fought 2-nil victory over China during the third-place match in Muscat on Friday. Goals by Sharmila Devi and Gurjit Kaur helped the Savita-led side end the continental tournament with a third-place finish.

It was a neck-and-neck start to the match, with both teams trying to make inroads into each other’s striking circles, showcasing good attacking and defending skills.

Both India and China created potential goalscoring opportunities and even earned themselves penalty corners, but both teams missed out on converting them.

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However, in the 14th minute, India’s effort paid off as young forward Sharmila found herself in the right spot to push the ball into the goal during Gurjit’s powerful drag flick, which got stopped by the defence line while taking the penalty corner, thus leading 1-nil at the end of the first quarter.

Charged-up Indian eves started the second quarter on an attacking note, and four minutes later they earned a penalty corner, which was duly converted by Gurjit.

China even earned three consecutive PC corners in the dying minutes, but a solid display by the Indian defence helped the Indian eves secure third place in the Women’s Asia Cup 2022.

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First Published: 29th January, 2022 17:35 IST

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