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Highlights, India vs USA, Women's hockey World Cup 2018: Rani Rampal and Co get draw to qualify for knockout stage

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Highlights, India vs USA, Women's hockey World Cup 2018: Rani Rampal and Co get draw to qualify for knockout stage

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July 29, 2018 - 23:09 (IST)

We will have to wait for the Ireland Vs England match now.

India are on two points and if England lose to Ireland, there could be a shoot-out between India and England to decide the 2nd spot in Pool B.

But that's for later.

For now, India has reached the cross-overs.

July 29, 2018 - 23:04 (IST)

India are through to the cross overs.

It's a big achievement for India.

Tough opponent and India played well to find an equaliser.

The Pool is still open. 

India can find themselves in 2nd spot also if England lose to Ireland and a shoot-out happens.

July 29, 2018 - 23:00 (IST)

AND THAT'S A DRAW.

INDIA ARE THROUGH TO THE CROSS OVERS.

IT'S 1-1.

July 29, 2018 - 22:59 (IST)

USA going for a referral in the last 5 seconds.

Tense moments here.

July 29, 2018 - 22:57 (IST)

Under 40 secs left.

Can India hold?

July 29, 2018 - 22:57 (IST)

Yellow card for Hoffman.

USA are down to ten.

What a miss by Lilima!

It's 1-1.

July 29, 2018 - 22:55 (IST)

Just under 3 mins left.

It's 1-1.

July 29, 2018 - 22:49 (IST)

Under 10 mins now in the 4th Q.

It's still 1-1.

Few sharp chances have come and gone for India.

July 29, 2018 - 22:47 (IST)

That was close!

Udita reverse hit.

US GK flips it over.

July 29, 2018 - 22:46 (IST)

US goalkeeper brings off a brilliant save as Gurjit flicks hard.

It's 1-1.

Preview: After a below-par start to their women's hockey World Cup campaign, India face a do-or-die situation against a higher-ranked United States in their final Pool B match at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday.

With one draw (1-1 against England), one loss (0-1) against Ireland, India are placed third in the Pool B points table. The Americans too have drawn once against England and lost 1-3 to Ireland.

Both India and the USA have one point each with India being ahead due to goal difference.

But on both occasions, World No 10 India failed to convert their numerous goal-scoring opportunities, which they cannot afford against No 7-ranked USA.

While hailing the team's structure and planning, India's chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said in a statement: "The team's structure and planning is good which enabled us to create chances in the striking circle but not being able to convert these chances into goals cost us the match."

He further added that though the team is disappointed that they could not come up with a winning performance against Ireland, they take heart from the fact that they created more opportunities.

"We made 27 circle entries against Ireland while had made just 10 against England. Though playing against these two teams is very different from each other, it is frustrating that we could not convert a single goal from these chances (15 shots on goal) against Ireland.

"But at the same time I take this as a positive that we have the abilities to puncture any team's defence to create potential opportunities. When we play the USA, the emphasis would certainly be on scoring from these opportunities created. We have to execute better and the girls are working for that," Marijne added.

While the forward-line needs to ensure they score from the opportunities, the team's defence has held strong.

While Ireland made just 10 circle entries, England made 34.

"Our defence will be one of our advantages against the USA. The loss against Ireland has not affected the confidence of the team because we know that if we have created enough chances against Ireland while our defence has held strong, we can do the same against the USA too," the coach said.

To remain in contention for a quarterfinal berth, India need a win or a draw from Sunday's game.

"It is a must-win match for us on Sunday and there is no doubt that," Marijne said.

With inputs from IANS

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