- India won 2-1 in the tour opener against South Korea
- Lalremsiami (20') and Navneet Kaur (40') scored for India
- Indian goalkeeper Savita was particularly impressive in denying an equalizer to the hosts
Indian women’s hockey team started their 3-match series against South Korea in the best way possible with a 2-1 win. Lalremsiami and Navneet Kaur scored two goals for India to defeat hosts South Korea in the tour opener.
Indian missed an opportunity to open the scoring through a PC early in the first quarter. But young striker Lalremsiami scored an excellent field goal in the 20th minute to take the lead. Navneet Kaur found the back of the net in the 40th minute to double visitor’s lead.
Shin Hyejeong scored South Korea’s only goal in the 48th minute via PC but things could have been much worse for India if it wasn’t for veteran goalkeeper Savita. The hosts had a number of chances with 5 penalty corners and a penalty stroke in the last quarter. But thanks to Savita’s heroics, they could convert just one PC.
A goal each from Lalremsiami and Navneet coupled with a splendid show by the goalkeepers saw the Indian Eves defeat Republic of Korea 2-1 in the opening match of the tour. Read more: https://t.co/GDjx8gFkMX#IndiaKaGame #KORvIND #KoreaTour pic.twitter.com/P52bT0azE3
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“Considering this was our first match, I think the result was good but the performance can be better. We tried some new things in the match and it was interesting to see how we handled the change.” said India’s head coach, Sjoerd Marijne, after the game.
“We must bring our technical skills to a higher level in order to play faster and that will be one of our priorities for the next match.”
Recent performances and the next challenge:
This was another great start to a tour for India after brilliant performances in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year. Indian women managed to draw a 4-match series 1-1 against Spain, including a 5-2 thrashing of the hosts in January. In April, the team visited Malaysia for a 5-match series and won it 4-0.
India will play their next game on Wednesday and the third and final game of the tour will be played on Friday. The team will look to get good results in the last two games as well, as they continue their preparations for Olympic qualifiers in October this year.
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