Striker Vandana Katariya scored a historic hat-trick to hold alive the Indian girls’s hockey staff’s quarterfinals hopes within the Olympics with a combating 4-3 victory over lower-ranked South Africa in its must-win last group match right here on Saturday. Vandana (4th, seventeenth, forty ninth minutes) achieved a uncommon feat by changing into the primary Indian girl hockey participant to rating a hat-trick within the historical past of the Olympics. Young Neha Goyal (thirty second) was the opposite aim getter because the Rani Rampal-led facet registered its second consecutive win on the Games.
South Africa’s objectives got here from the sticks of Tarryn Glasby (fifteenth), skipper Erin Hunter (thirtieth) and Marizen Marais (thirty ninth). With two wins from their last two pool matches, India have completed the group levels with six factors from 5 video games.
this win, India have jumped to the fourth place in Pool A, however Ireland nonetheless have an opportunity to leapfrog the Indians. India’s destiny now is dependent upon the end result of the final Pool A match between Great Britain and Ireland. The Indians may have to wait until the night to know their destiny. A Ireland loss or a draw might be sufficient for India to seal their place within the quarterfinals.
The high 4 groups from every pool will qualify for the knockout spherical. Needing a win to keep alive within the competitors, the Indians meant enterprise and pressed onerous on the South African defence from the beginning. In doing so, India secured two penalty corners within the first two minutes of the match however dragflicker Gurjit Kaur’s poor execution continued within the match.
Still it didn’t take India lengthy to open their account and within the fourth minute, Vandana gave her facet the lead, tapping in from shut vary after being arrange by Navneet Kaur’s nice run from the precise flank. India stored up the strain and penetrated the South African circle many occasions with out a lot success.
But seconds from the top of first quarter, a lapse in focus from the defence price India dearly as South Africa drew degree by way of Tarryn Glasby, who deflected in an extended shot from Taryn Mallett. India had sufficient time to regain their lead by way of a penalty nook however wasted the chance.
Two minutes into the second quarter, Vandana restored India’s lead when he deflected in Deep Grace Ekka’s flick from their fourth penalty nook. The Indians had three extra possibilities to lengthen their lead within the second quarter however they couldn’t accomplish that.
The Rani Rampal-led facet received two extra penalty corners which they wasted, after which, Neha Goyal’s effort from open play was saved by the South Africa goalkeeper. Just like within the first quarter, India gave away their lead seconds away from half time when Hunter discovered the web from her staff’s first penalty nook.
Two minutes after the change of ends, Neha restored the lead once more, deflecting in a Rani hit from a penalty nook because the Indians executed a effective variation. The fragile Indian defence wilted beneath strain as soon as once more, when South Africa drew degree for the third time within the match, by way of a Marais strike.
South Africa loved an excellent run of play within the preliminary minutes of ultimate quarter and, within the course of, secured three penalty corners rapidly, however this time the Indian defence did sufficient to thwart the risks. In the forty ninth minute, a superb Vandana saved the day for India when she deflected in Gurjit Kaur’s flick from one other penalty nook.
Thereafter, the Indians fell again and seemed contend to hold the possession as South Africa pressed onerous. Two minutes from the ultimate hooter, the Indians efficiently referred a penalty nook determination given towards them.
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