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Hockey: India through to quarter-finals, China, Korea set for minor playoffs

India beat Russia 10-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Junior World Cup in Germany.

India beat Russia 10-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Junior World Cup in Germany.

July 30, 2013: India were the only Asian team to qualify for the last eight of the Women’s Ergo Junior World Cup after beating Russia 10-1 to finish second in Pool A behind Australia, who finished on seven points after a 3-3 draw with New Zealand.

 

China lost 2-0 to Argentina and Korea lost by the same scoreline to the Netherlands to leave both East Asian teams third in their pools and contesting the 9th-16th playoffs in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

 

India will play the Pool D winners in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, the same day Korea play Canada and China take on first-timers Ghana.

 

On the first day, India had looked the least convincing of the Asian contenders after a 6-1 loss to Australia, but recovered to beat New Zealand 2-0 and sealed a quarter-final berth with a thumping of Russia.

 

The scoring started in the seventh minute as Vandana Katariya sunk a penalty corner and she went on to score a first-half hattrick, while a double from Poonam Rani made it 5-0 at halftime.

 

Less than a minute after the restart, Anastasia Miroshnikova was able to pull one back for Russia from the team’s first attack of the second half, but Rani restored the five-goal lead two minutes later. Further goals from Ritusha Kumani Arya, Rani, a penalty corner by Manjit Kaur and a Russian own goal drove the scoreline up to 10-1, although India’s progress was only confirmed after Australia drew with New Zealand.

 

“We knew we had to score a lot of goals because of the tight situation with New Zealand,” said India goalkeeper Chanu Sanarik Ningombam. “We played very well. Their goalkeeper played well and their players too, but in the end we needed lots of goals. All in all, we are already proud of ourselves. We played very well.”

 

fu07300400..m.w580.h435Korea (pictured on left, in white), the 2001 and 2005 champions, lost the opportunity to regain their title after losing to the Netherlands, the 2009 champions, who scored an early opening goal through good passing play and a final touch by Maria Verschoor.

 

The Dutch doubled their lead on 48 minutes through Lisanne de Lange. The Netherlands won four penalty corners in the second half, but were unable to capitalise on them as Korea’s substitute goalkeeper Han Mi-jin made several brilliant saves against Dutch top scorer Lieke van Wijk.

 

fu07300784..m.w580.h435A young China side (pictured on right, in red) were also left to play for the minor places after a hard-fought game against Argentina, with both teams level on four points before the match, but with third-placed South Africa expected to beat Canada.

 

The ‘Leoncitas’ entered the pitch with passion and went after a quick goal, gaining an early penalty corner that was flicked home by Julia Gomes Fantasia. The second half presented more scoring opportunities for both sides, but goalkeepers Ye Jiao and Sofia Montserrat did well to keep the score at 1-0.

 

As South Africa had defeated Canada 6-3 on Pitch 2, China needed a win to qualify for the last eight, but with three minutes remaining Gomes Fantasia scored from another penalty.

 

Photos: FIH

 

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