India on Friday tasted their first defeat in the 4th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here as they went down fighting 2-3 against China in their final league encounter and will take on the same opponents in the summit clash today.
The match was a pulsating one with both teams pushing each other to their limit. However, in the end it was China who scored the winning goal with just two minutes left to end. The win put China on top of the table with nine points, pushing India to second spot with seven points, followed by Japan, Korea and Malaysia. The two sides again face each other in the summit clash today, starting at 5:00 pm IST.
Both teams started strong and displayed some skillful hockey to enthrall the Singapore crowd that turned up in large numbers. The Indians were unlucky in their two attempts from the penalty corner and both teams went into the first half in a stalemate. It was the Chinese who started the second half strong and scored their first goal in the 35th minute through Yang Chen’s impressive field goal.
China took a two-goal lead in the fourth quarter, which saw intense moments, when Qiu Guo making way into India’s ‘D’ and sent a quick one past India’s keeper Rajani in the 51st minute. However, this did not dent India’s hopes as they struck back with two consecutive goals in the final few minutes of the last quarter.The match also marked Anuradha Devi Thokchom’s 100th international game.