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Hockey: India’s dream run at Junior World Cup ended by Dutch destroyers

India’s best-ever Junior World Cup campaign ended with a battling 3-0 semi-final defeat to the Netherlands. Photos: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek.

India’s best-ever Junior World Cup campaign ended with a battling 3-0 semi-final defeat to the Netherlands. Photos: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek.

August 2, 2013: India’s dream run at the Women’s Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup ended in a 3-0 semi-final defeat to the Netherlands in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

 

Argentina beat England 3-0 in the earlier semi-final, so India will face England for the bronze medal on Sunday.

 

fu08026317..m.w580.h435Netherlands, the 1997 and 2009 champions, took the lead against India with the first penalty corner of the match in the 17th minute.

 

Lieke van Wijk, the tournament’s top scorer, converted past India goalkeeper Sanarik Chanu with a drag flick. A few minutes later, the Dutch forced another penalty corner, but the effort went wide.

 

India earned their first penalty corner just before halftime, but could not get the shot away and the score remained 1-0 at the break.

 

India stepped the pace up in the second half and forced their second penalty corner in the 41st minute, but again to no avail.

 

fu08026525..m.w580.h435When the Netherlands won their third penalty corner, Chanu made two tremendous saves against Van Wijk to keep her team in the game, but she was unable to prevent Lisanne de Lange doubling the lead in the 57th minute.

 

With six minutes remaining on the clock, Rani had a big opportunity to pull one back, but Dutch keeper Anne Veenendaal parried well.

 

India fought hard to score, but the ball would not go in and with time running out, Lisa Scheerlinck converted a counter-attack with two minutes left to secure her team’s 3-0 win.

 

India’s campaign had started with a 6-1 loss to Australia on the first day, but the side picked themselves up to finish second in their pool and reaching the semi-finals for the first time. India will face England on Sunday for the bronze.

 

fu08024645..m.w580.h435Earlier, former champions Korea (pictured in red) lost 3-2 to Germany and will contest the 11th place playoff on Sunday. China will play New Zealand in one of only two games on Saturday as they bid to face Germany in Sunday’s ninth-place playoff.

 

Because of the excessive heat, Korea’s match against Germany was played in four 17.5-minute quarters.

 

After two minutes, Germany took the lead with their first attack after Sabine Knüpfer won possession in midfield and set up Pia Oldhafer for the opener.

 

Korea came close to equalising when Cheon Eun-bi’s attempt was parried well by goalkeeper Lisa Schneider. Shortly after, a penalty corner flick from Lee Ha-na hit the post before Schneider made another terrific save against Shin Hye-jeong.

 

Oldhafer added another goal in the 22nd minute to double Germany’s advantage, before Cheon responded with a reverse-stick strike.

 

Two minutes later Lee Yu-ri converted a penalty corner to level the scores, but Germany struck back through Marilena Krauss to lead 3-2 lead at halftime.

 

The hosts won a series of penalty corners throughout the third quarter but could not capitalise on any of them, while Schneider held strong in the fourth quarter as Korea fought hard for the equaliser.

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