India miss out on victory in Women's Junior Hockey World Cup

The Indian Junior Women's Hockey team has gone back to repeating 9 years old history. They lost 0-3 in a penalty shootout to England in a thrilling bronze medal match of the 2021 FIH Women's Junior Hockey World Cup at the prestigious Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar here. The match was very exciting. Both the teams showed aggression from the start and kept the defence strong and did not give each other any chance to score, due to which the first quarter was tied with goals.

England then opened the second quarter with a brilliant field goal when England captain Milli Giglio scored a fine field goal in the 18th minute to give the team a 1-0 lead. The lead, however, did not last long as forward Mumtaz Khan scored a counter-field goal to level India 1-1. In the second quarter after which no goals were scored and the quarter ended with the same score. In the third quarter, both the teams have worked to make the match more challenging. Both the teams created a lot of chances, but neither team was able to score goals. Got to see a very good defence from India.

The third quarter ended without a goal due to stiff competition. The fourth and last quarter have also tried their best to make the match in their favour, but India got success first. Inform Mumtaz scored the second goal of the match in the 47th minute to give the team a crucial 2-1 lead. From here there was a lot of pressure on England and they put all their strength to equalize the score. At one point the match seemed to be going in India's favour, but Claudia Swain scored a field goal in the 58th minute to see England return. As a result, the match ended in a 2–2 draw.

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