At Rio 2016: Women’s hockey team loses to Australia, only two matches left for quarterfinals
The Day 5 has some good news but left with some disappointments too.On the one hand archers Bombayla Devi Laishram and Deepika Kumari have advanced to the pre-quarterfinals, while on the other side, the Indian women’s hockey team suffered another loss against Australia who beat India 6-1 in their Pool B third fixture. The higher-ranked Australia had total control over the match and rarely gave any chance to Indians to make a move in the game.
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The Australians, who were the 2014 World Cup losing finalists, started rough, Jodie Kenny struck twice (43rd and 46th minute) while Kathryn Slattery (5th), Georgina Morgan (9th), Jane Claxton (35th), Georgina Parker (36th) scored once each to route the Indians. As India continued struggling to overcome the score but before the final hooter, Australia was leading with 6-1 in women’s hockey contest. After a clean win for Australia, Hockeyroos player Jodie Kenny celebrated her 100th International goal. Indian women’s hockey team played with lot of grit in the fourth quarter where Anuradha Devi scored the lone goal for India with just 8.3 seconds left on the clock. So, India ended up with the one goal, though they lost the match 1-6.
It was must-win game for India but they have failed to execute their own strategy. With this latest loss, India is at the bottom of Pool B with just one point which they earned from the drawn match against Japan in their opening match. Earlier, India went on to lose their match against Great Britain on Monday. There are only two more matches left for Indians -against higher ranked Argentina and United States. Only the top four finishers will advance to the quarterfinals.
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