Hockey World Cup: It’s A Do-Or-Die Game For Indian Eves Against USA

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Shared News | Jul 29, 2018, 13:03 IST

With one draw (1-1 v England), one loss (0-1) v Ireland, India are placed third in the Pool ‘B’ points table.

Stung by a lower-ranked Ireland, Indian women’s hockey team will need at least a draw against USA in today’s Pool ‘B’ match to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup alive. After settling for a draw against World No. 2 England in the opening match despite grabbing an early lead, Rani Rampal-led India suffered a disappointing 0-1 loss to Ireland in their second round robin match to squander the chance of making a direct entry to the quarter-finals.

  With one draw (1-1 v England), one loss (0-1) v Ireland, India are placed third in the Pool ‘B’ points table. Though both the teams have one point each, India is ahead due to goal difference. To remain in contention for a quarter-final berth, India need a win or a draw. “It is a must-win match for us and there is no doubt that,” chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said.

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