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FIH Pro League: Indian women’s team performance against Germany

Pavan Suresh

The Indian team was involved in two thrilling matches during the FIH Pro League matches against an inexperienced German side played at Kalinga Stadium, Bhuvneshwar on Saturday, and Sunday. 

It was a perfect start for the Indian team in the initial stages as Navneet Kaur scored a brilliant goal in the 4th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Indian team defense was rock solid not allowing the German team chances. Soon after, they conceded the goal. Despite all the efforts by the Indian team, scores ended at 1-1. 

In the penalty shootouts, Sharmila, Neha, Lalremsaimi, and Monika missed the shot while Navneet Kaur was the only goal scorer. Indian goalkeeper Savita was not up to the mark. Lalremsaimi missed a penalty stroke due to a drag-flick shot. The inexperienced German team gave a good account of themselves as they conceded an early goal due to lack of defense. Soon after, Sippel converted a rebound shot from a penalty corner in the 5th minute leveling the scores at 1-1. 

Germany struggled with pace after the 2nd quarter, but their defense was rock solid. The visitors kept Indian attackers at bay and scores remained 1-1 at the end of the fourth quarter. Heinz and Strauss were the goal scorers while Felchitiz, Wiedermann, and Nolte missed the shot. Germany won the shootout by 2-1. 

Indian team avenges defeat in a penalty shootout.

The Indian women’s team returned to winning ways with a thrilling match. After being behind in the first two quarters, India put enough pressure on the German defense with their attacking play. Nisha converted a goal in the 40th minute to level the scores at 1-1. Indian team earned penalty corners but could not provide the desired results. 

The match again went to the penalty shootouts. Savita Punia was superb this time saving all three shots while Salima, Sangita, and Sonika converted shots to give hosts a 3-0 win. 

Germany performed reasonably well in the match. They put enough pressure in the first two quarters. As a result of the pressure, Wiedemann converted the third penalty corner into a goal to give visitors a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd and 4th quarters, the German team struggled with the heat. In the dying moments of the game, Germany earned a penalty corner but was denied. 

All three shootouts were missed by the German team. It was an impressive performance by the young German side. It was end-to-end hockey by both teams but the Indian team held their nerves in penalty shootouts this time as compared to in the first match. 

India are currently at the 2nd position in the FIH Pro League points table.

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