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Germany’s Women’s Hockey Team Defeats India 4-3 in Penalty


The Indian women’s hockey team showcased commendable determination in the semi-finals of the FIH Olympic Qualifier on Thursday. However, despite a spirited performance, they faced defeat against Germany’s Women’s Hockey Team in a crucial penalty shootout, concluding with a score of 3-4. The match remained tied at 2-2 during the stipulated time, leading to the nail-biting penalty shootout.

Germany Secures Olympic Spot with Victory

Despite the setback, Germany’s triumph in the penalty shootout secured their ticket to the Paris Olympics. The silver lining for India is the opportunity to secure another chance for an Olympic quota. The team, after defeating Japan in the third-fourth place match on Friday, could potentially qualify for the Olympics.

Top Three Teams to Qualify for Paris Olympics

The top three teams from this tournament will qualify for the Paris Olympics. Germany, currently ranked fifth globally, will face the United States in the final on Friday. In the defined time, India’s Deepika (15th minute) and Ishika Chaudhary (59th minute) scored goals, while Germany’s Charlotte Stapenhorst (27th, 57th) contributed to their team’s victory.

Germany’s Early Dominance

Germany initiated attacks from the start, putting constant pressure on the Indian defense throughout the match. Despite India’s efforts, the German team earned several penalty corners and maintained control over the Indian circle. India’s captain and goalkeeper Savita Punia fulfilled her responsibilities admirably, but the Indian players struggled to capitalize on opportunities in the attacking circle.

MS Dhoni Boosts Morale

Former captain of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni, was present to witness the match and boost the morale of the home team. Just 55 seconds before the end of the first quarter, India earned its first penalty corner, with Deepika delivering a powerful drag-flick to surprise Germany. However, despite their strong resolve, India faced challenges in converting opportunities in the mid-field.

Germany Clinches Paris Olympic Ticket

Despite India’s valiant efforts, Germany secured a berth in the Paris Olympics by winning the match through penalties. The Indian players displayed resilience and obtained consecutive penalty corners in the 59th minute, with Ishika converting a rebound into a goal. While Savita made impressive saves in the shootout, Germany emerged victorious, earning the coveted ticket to the Paris Olympics.

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