London, July 29: India has entered the play-off of Women’s Hockey World Cup-2018, stopping the USA from the draw. India stalled the 1-1 draw on Sunday in Pool B’s crucial match. In the match, a goal by Margaux Paolino scored a goal from the USA in the 11th minute. At the same time, India’s goal Captain Rani Rampal did the 31st minute.
With this draw, India is running in the quarterfinals. India now has to play cross-over matches against ITA on July 31. On the other hand, England will play their cross-over match against the KOR. Only Ireland with Pool-B reached the quarter-finals with 6 points.
In this match of Do or Die, India got three penalty corners in the 7th, 14th and 15th minutes of the first quarter, whose team could not take advantage. At the same time, America made a field goal in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead. Margaux Paolino scored this goal for America.
However, India’s starting against America was not very good. In the third minute of the match, the captain Rani Rampal had a spell on the left foot and she had to go out of the field. However, later the Rani came back again. India got the first penalty corner in the 7th-minute. However, India could not take advantage of it and the American goalkeeper easily defended it.
After this, the USA also hastened the invasion and adopted a strategy to keep the ball in its possession. In the 11th minute, USA benefited from this, and Margaux scored goals to make his team 1-0 ahead. After consumption, the first goal, India made the second penalty corner opportunity in the 14th minute just before the end of the first quarter, but the result was not even here according to India. After this, the second quarter was also rounded.
India came back strongly in the second half. Captain Rani Rampal converted the fifth penalty corner in the 31st minute to give India a 1-1 draw. In the 47th minute, India got the 6-penalty corner which went waste although Indian players continued their attack.
There was no other goal after that and India stabilized the draw 1-1 in the United States and secured its place in the playoffs. Indian team with 2-points at Pool B Is in third place.
India played 1-1 to England in their first match of this World Cup, while they had to face defeat 0-1 from Ireland.