The Indian women’s hockey team fell to a mighty 7-0 defeat against World no.1 Netherlands in the first quarterfinal of the Belgium leg of the FIH Hockey World League.
The Indian eves, ranked 13th in the world, were no match for the Oranje and are hence out of contention for a spot in the Olympics. Caia van Maasakker scored a hat-trick of penalty corner-conversions and led the charge for the Dutch women. Lidewij Welten, Gisela Zerbo and Naomi van As also managed to find their names on the scoresheet.
Disastrous first half for the Indian women’s hockey team:
The Netherlands came out all guns blazing as Naomi Van As found the back of the net in the very first minute of the match. It took only 44 seconds for the Dutch striker to hand her team an early lead. Lidewij Welten then doubled the lead in the 9th minute through a penalty corner. Her drag-flick deflected off an Indian defender’s stick, thus leaving the goalkeeper absolutely clueless. Caia van Maasakker then joined the party in the 16th minute as she scored from a penalty corner. The Indian defense unit, comprising of the likes of Deepika and Deep Grace Ekka had no answer for the Dutch women, who were on a rampage in this quarterfinal clash.
Goals continued to shower for Netherlands as Gisela Zebro and van Maasaker found the back of the net in the 18th and 26th minute. These goals rounded off the first half and the scoreboard stood at 5-0 in favour of the European nation. The Indian women’s hockey team were down on the count and could not recover from this heavy deficit.
India show promise in second half; Netherlands seal final berth by adding 2 more goals
The Indian forwards, Rani Rampal and Vandana Katariya, hardly found any goal scoring opportunities in the first half as they were overpowered by the Dutch in the midfield itself. However, they showed some promise in the 2nd half of the game as they made brave runs down the flanks and penetrated through the shooting circle. Sadly, the Indian eves found no way to get past the Dutch goalkeeper.
Two more goals came in the final quarter.Welten scored a field goal in the 48th minute and Maasakker completed her hat-trick with another penalty corner goal in the 53rd minute, to complete the 7-0 rout.
The Indian women’s hockey team will now fight for the 5th position as they take on Italy in the first game of the 5th-8th position playoff on Thursday, July 2.