The Indian women’s hockey team stunned the Dutch Olympic champions here on Saturday 2-1 in the first leg of the second leg of the professional soccer competition.
The Indians scored through Neha (min. 11) and Sonica (28), both from penalties, to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half.
After a half change, the Netherlands scored a penalty in the 40th minute through Jansen Lippe to reduce the difference.
This was India’s fourth victory in the FIH Pro League.
Although the Netherlands came here with a team from the second division, it was a good performance by the Indians as they were also without three big stars: Lalremsiami, Salima Tate and Sharmila Devi, who were part of India’s historic fourth position. at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Netherlands arrived here without players from their successful Olympic campaign.
India avenged a 1-5 loss against the Netherlands in the group stage of the Tokyo Games.
The victory moved India to second place in the standings with 15 points from seven matches, while the Netherlands continued to lead the standings with 17 points from as many matches.
Both teams clash again in the second match of Saturday’s draw.
Although India had more possession, the Netherlands were the best in circle penetration, shots on goal and penalties.
The Netherlands had 30 circuit breakaways, 13 shots on goal and seven corners compared to India’s 12 road breakaways, five shots on goal and three set pieces.
But in the end what matters is the result and the execution and in those areas India came out with flying colors.
The Indians went ahead in their first real attack of the match, which came from a penalty for Neha’s caution who collided with the riyal from a pass from Navneet Kaur after a first attempt rejected by the Dutch defense.
Early in the second quarter, Rajwinder missed a golden opportunity to double India’s lead, only the Dutch keeper to beat her shot.
Two minutes before the end of the first half, India doubled their lead with another penalty via Sonica, who calmly scored into the net after a scuffle towards goal.
Ten minutes into the third quarter, the Netherlands secured a penalty that resulted in a penalty kick after the ball hit Monica’s body in front of the goal.
India’s captain and goalkeeper Savita was hoping for the right direction but was unable to block Yepe’s shot as the Netherlands cut the difference to 1-2.
After that, the Dutch women put enormous pressure on the Indian defense with incessant raids, but the home team’s defense remained rock-solid to score three full points and a rare victory over the Netherlands.
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