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Highlights, India vs Ireland, Women's hockey World Cup 2018: Ireland pull off historic win to book QF berth

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Highlights, India vs Ireland, Women's hockey World Cup 2018: Ireland pull off historic win to book QF berth

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July 26, 2018 - 20:00 (IST)
One can safely say that India was taken out tactically in the match. They played into Ireland's hands. Never stretched the game. Never threatened.
 
Ireland deservedly win 1-0.
 
 

July 26, 2018 - 19:57 (IST)

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India 0-1 Ireland

Ireland, ranked 16th in the world are going to the quarter-finals. They have beaten India 1-0.

India can only blame themselves. They never controlled and somehow just didn't come for the match.

July 26, 2018 - 19:55 (IST)

Just around a minute left.

Ireland standing on the edge of entering the knock out.

July 26, 2018 - 19:54 (IST)

Rani had the opportunity. But the shot was saved brilliantly. 

Lalremsiami also has a swipe but misses the ball. Ireland leading 1-0 with 2 mins to go.

July 26, 2018 - 19:52 (IST)

And India blows PC No 7 away too. India has taken off the goalkeeper.

Under 5 mins left.

July 26, 2018 - 19:50 (IST)

Rani Rampal needs to quicken the pace. No Indian player running full tilt at the Irish.

They are not moving the ball quickly.

July 26, 2018 - 19:50 (IST)

Ten minutes left. India need to do something extra ordinary here.

The Irish are tiring and India need to take advantage.

July 26, 2018 - 19:43 (IST)

Ireland pulling players back. India unable to get past the defence.

Monika tries dribbling past a few. But the Irish are too compact at the back.

July 26, 2018 - 19:39 (IST)

End of Q3. Ireland lead 1-0.

India had a few PC's. But unable to score. India still not stretching the play.

15 mins to salvage something from this match. At least a point with a draw.

July 26, 2018 - 19:38 (IST)

And the 6th goes up in smoke. Deepika takes a hit.  No flick this time.

India still had a chance but Navneet Kaur can't control.

Preview: A golden opportunity to claim an upset win lost, the Indian women's hockey team would be aiming to make amends when it takes on a lower-ranked Ireland in its second game of the World Cup on Thursday.

India had a bright chance to score an upset win against World No 2 England in their Pool B opener on 21 July but settled for a 1-1 draw.

The Indians only had themselves to blame as despite leading the English girls for 54 minutes, they conceded a late goal to share the points.

Highlights India vs Ireland Womens hockey World Cup 2018 Ireland pull off historic win to book QF berth

Rani Rampal looking to enforce an equaliser. Image courtesy: Twitter @TheHockeyIndia

World No 10 India will fancy their chances against World No 16 Ireland, but it would be a serious mistake by the Sjoerd Marijne-coached side if they take the Irish lightly.

By virtue of their stunning 3-1 stunning over World No 7 USA, the lowest ranked side in the group, Ireland are currently leading Pool B just ahead of England and India.

And a win on Thursday would secure Ireland's place in the knock-out stage of the tournament.

The Indians, on the other hand, would be desperate to score their first win in the tournament today.

But it would be easier said than done as they will be up against an Irish side which has the capability of springing surprises.

India lost 1-2 to Ireland in the HWL Semi-finals in Johannesburg last year and revenge would be high on the Rani Rampal-led side's agenda when it takes the turf.

The Indian coaching staff and senior players like goalkeeper Savita feel that defeat was history and they have the firepower to beat Ireland.

"We have done well against Ireland in practice matches in the past," she said.

"In the match last year, we were leading and should have won for sure but conceding two penalty corners one after another proved costly. We have a strong defence and play an attacking brand of hockey, this is a potent combination and makes us strong as a side," she asserted.

But the Indians will have to lift their game by few notches for that to happen. Against England, they failed to earn a single penalty corner, leaving dragflicker Gurjit Kaur frustrated.

However, goalkeeper Savita was brilliant under the bar to deny England on numerous occasion.

The Indians did create more chances from open play against England and that counted as a positive for chief coach Marijne going into Thursday's game.

A win will take India to the top of the pool and brighten its knock-out chances ahead of its last fixture against USA on 29 July.

In the other match of the day, Spain will take on South Africa in Pool C.

Match starts: 6:30pm IST.

With inputs from PTI 

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