The Indian women’s hockey team will hope that their World Cup campaign for juniors ends in the same way as the 2013 edition, where they won the bronze medal. Coincidentally, India also lost their semi-final match against the Netherlands 0-3 in the 2013 edition, but beat England on penalty kicks to finish in third place.
Both teams meet in the playoffs for bronze medals after suffering a defeat in the semifinals. The Netherlands beat India 3-0, while England conceded eight goals against Germany.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match:
When is the match: April 12, Tuesday, at
Where to see: Live on Watch Hockey and Fancode.
India’s campaign so far
Overall, it has been an impressive tournament for a team that did not make the cut in 2016. They won four games in a row until the defeat against the Dutch in the semifinals. They won their opening match against Wales 5-1 and defeated this year’s second finalist, Germany, by a 2-1 score, thanks to a solid defensive display. India ended the group stage with a 4-0 victory against Malaysia and scored three times to beat South Korea in the quarterfinals.
India’s semi-final match against the Netherlands was expected to be a close match, but the Dutch showed why they were favorites for their fourth World Cup. After a good start from India, the Dutch turned the match around with a moment of magic. A sensational team goal involving 18 passes ended with Tessa Beetsma scoring the opening goal. India managed to stay in the game despite the Dutch dominating the next two quarters. With seven minutes left on the clock, the Dutch scored their second goal, with Luna Fokke scoring after a fantastic pass from Noor Omrani.
Seconds later, Jip Dicke scored from a close range to bring his goal-scoring number to 13 in the tournament.
Indian captain Salima Tete noted that the team will quickly forget the disappointing result, saying “We are quite disappointed with our match against Holland. We created so many chances but could not convert. It just felt like it was not our day . “
“There is no point in thinking about what has happened in the past. Now we have to be focused on the upcoming match against England. Getting off to a good start against them will definitely give us the right momentum, and that’s what we want. look after them. “
England’s campaign so far
England played only two matches in the group stage after Ukraine withdrew from the tournament. They won their opening match against hosts South Africa 3-0 before winning a narrow 2-1 victory over Ireland. It was an intense, end-to-end match, with Ireland opening the scoring early in the first quarter and England equalizing after five minutes. England took the lead in the match in the third quarter and then withstood relentless pressure from Ireland to win the match.
England advanced to the semi-finals after another comeback victory, beating the United States 2-1 in the quarterfinals, but suffered a terrible 0-8 defeat to Germany on Sunday.
England’s strengths and weaknesses
The fact that England got a back-to-back comeback, winner to qualify for the semi-finals, says the team can fight well. That match disappeared against Germany, so they will be eager to rectify the same in a decisive medal match.
Captain Millie Giglio is England’s key player after scoring three goals in the tournament. As England trailed early against Ireland and the United States, Giglio’s performance made a difference. She scored crucial equalizers in both games to turn it around.
Given the fact that India have been quick starters in every match so far, England need to be careful not to concede early goals, especially from penalty kick corners. Ireland scored in the fourth minute and the United States did the same in the third minute through penalty corners. The pattern continued against Germany as England gave up three goals away in the opening quarter, two of them coming from penalty corner corners.
Lessons for India from the semi-final defeat
The Netherlands were far superior to India and they deserved to advance to the final. In fact, as expected, India started the match with their trademark attacking play, but the difference from their previous matches was that they could not trade their chances. India could have scored three in the opening quarter where Mumtaz Khan came close as her diving shot hit the goal post.
Their performance in the second half was telling. Instead of raising their level, India became passive and deprived of any powerful offensive movement. They gave the Dutch the freedom to play their games. The pressure was insufficient in midfield, while the holes in the flanks were constantly exploited.
India had the advantage of scoring early in the previous matches, but when it disappeared against the Dutch, it looked like they did not know how to plan a comeback. For a team that scored 14 goals from four games earlier, it was a bit of a reality check. But should India return to their scoring methods against England, they can dream big again.