The Indian women's hockey team's dream of becoming champions in the FIH Junior World Cup has been shattered after losing 0-3 to three-time champions Netherlands in the semi-finals here on Sunday. India's best-ever performance in this tournament has won the bronze medal in the 2013 season. The team's efforts were to reach the final this time for which it has also completed a very impressive performance so far.
For the Netherlands, Tessa Beatsma (12th minute), Luna Folke (53rd minute) and Zip Dicke (54th minute) scored on the field to secure a place in the final for the fourth time in a row. The Indian team started the match positively and the dominance over the Netherlands still remains. Meanwhile, Mumtaz Khan, who scored the most goals for India in the tournament, had come close to giving the team the lead, but his shot on the side of captain Salima Tete's pass has hit the goal post. In the opening quarter, the Indian players secured three penalty quarters but failed to convert it into goals.
The Netherlands managed to take the lead in the 12th minute with Beatsma's brilliant field effort. After trailing by one goal, the Indian players have come under pressure. The second quarter of the match showed an equal match between the two teams. In the third quarter after the interval, the Netherlands team completely dominated. The team's aggressive game kept the pressure on the Indian defence line. The Indian team kept looking for a chance to counter-attack during this time but it has not been able to get success so far. On a brilliant pass from Noor Omrani in the fourth quarter, Fokke scored on a reverse shot to give the Netherlands a 2-0 lead. With Zip Dicke's goal in the next minute, the match has been out of India's reach.