The game began with England quickly settling into a passing rhythm while controlling the majority of possession, and it paid off when Holly Hunt (7′) scored a field goal with a powerful and well-placed shot from inside the D to give her team the lead. Following that, India upped the ante in search of an equaliser, repeatedly testing England’s defence and even coming close to scoring on multiple occasions, but were unable to find the back of the net as the first quarter ended with England leading 1-0.
In the second quarter, India increased the frequency of their attacks in an attempt to level the score, forcing England’s midfielders to make back passes and maintain possession. Interestingly, the strategy assisted England in neutralising the Indian team’s attack, allowing them to maintain their 1-0 lead at the half-time break.
To capitalise on their lead, England launched a strong offensive push in the third quarter, earning the game’s first penalty corner. They were, however, unable to capitalise on this opportunity. Meanwhile, India remained determined to equalise and switched to a counter-attacking strategy. The smart game plan paid off when Lalremsiami (41′) converted a penalty corner to help India get back into the game. Both India and England won multiple penalty corners in the dying minutes of the third quarter but both teams were unable to make the most of the opportunities as the third quarter ended with the score tied at 1-1.
High on confidence after scoring the equaliser, the Indian team came out all guns blazing in the fourth and final quarter of the match and kept England under pressure by attacking rigorously. However, England kept their defence tight and also won a penalty corner in the closing minutes of the match but failed to take advantage of it. The final quarter didn’t witness a single goal as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
It is worth noting that young midfielder Jyoti Chhatri, who was recently part of the Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team’s title-winning campaign at the Junior Asia Cup 2023, made her Senior team debut today when she took the field for the match.
Indian Women’s Hockey Team will next take on hosts Spain in their second game of the tournament on 27th July 2023 at 14:30 IST.
Fans in India can view all the matches of the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation – International Tournament on Olympics.com and Watch.Hockey.
By Hockey India