Hockey Women’s Junior WC 2023: India go down 3-4 against Germany



The Indian junior women’s hockey team put up a solid show in their second match of the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup 2023, but the runners-up of the last edition of the elite tournament, Germany, came from behind to register a 4-3 victory in a thrilling match played in Santiago, Chile , Friday. For India, Annu (11′), Ropni Kumari (14′) and Mumtaz Khan (24′) were the scorers, while Sophia Schwabe (17′), Laura Pluth (21′, 36′) and Carolin Seidels (38′) ‘) scored goals for Germany. India quickly fell into a passing rhythm and dominated play in the opening quarter by controlling possession and continuously testing Germany’s defensive line.

Despite their early efforts, India were thwarted by Germany’s stout defence, preventing them from scoring until the final minutes of the quarter. It was during this period of sustained pressure that the Indian team secured consecutive penalty corners and Annu (11′) capitalized on the second opportunity with a powerful shot to finally put his side in the lead.

Shortly after breaking the deadlock, India strengthened their position further when Ropni Kumari (14′) elegantly found the net with a well-executed shot from another penalty corner. The first quarter ended with India leading 2-0, marking a successful start for the team.

Germany, determined to turn the tide, approached the second quarter with renewed fervor. Their efforts paid off as Sophia Schwabe (17′) scored an impressive field goal, reducing Germany’s deficit. Building on this momentum, Laura Pluth (21′) fired a powerful strike to equalise. However, India responded quickly as Mumtaz Khan (24′) expertly slotted the ball past the opposition goalkeeper, shifting the momentum back in India’s favor and putting them back in front as they went into the break with a 3-2 lead, according to a release.

Determined to maintain their lead, India prioritized possession in the third quarter, but Germany managed to equalise. Laura Pluth (36′) struck for the second time and equalized the game. Motivated by their resurgence, Germany stepped up their attack and took the lead with Carolin Seidel’s (38′) goal from a penalty corner.

India, eager to retaliate, increased their attack frequency. However, despite their efforts, the score remained 4–3 in favor of Germany at the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter witnessed an aggressive display from both sides, with Germany coming close to increasing their lead. However, Indian goalkeeper Madhuri Kindo’s outstanding save in a one-on-one situation denied Germany a chance to extend their lead. Meanwhile, India were awarded consecutive penalty corners in the dying minutes but failed to convert. The fourth quarter ended goalless and culminated in a 4-3 victory for Germany.

The Indian team will next face Belgium in their third match of the tournament on December 2 at 18:30 IST.

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