India vs Ireland, Hockey World Cup quarter-finals Highlights: Indian women hockey team played a hard-fought battle but eventually went down to Ireland in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Hockey World Cup on Thursday. Despite the high-intensity match, there were no goals scored, dragging it to penalty shootouts which Ireland won 3-1. With the win, Ireland booked their semifinal berth where they will meet Spain.
India vs Ireland, Women's Hockey World Cup quarterfinals Highlights: Ireland beat India 3-1 on penalty shootouts
IRELAND BEAT INDIA IN SHOOTOUTS
It's all over for India, who looked like they gave it their all in the quarterfinal. Hard luck! But Ireland's journey in the World Cup has been no less than fairytale. They last played a World Cup in 2002. Their players, as per Irish Times, pay 550 euros each to play for the national team. They are the second lowest team in the tournament (16). Now, they are in the semifinals.
So near yet so far 😢 😢😢India out of the World Cup on penalty strokes to Ireland #HWC2018 🇮🇳🏑— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 2, 2018
India 1-3 Ireland
Ireland score on their fifth attempt and seal their spot in the Semi Finals.
India 1-2 Ireland
India finally open their account in the fourth stroke.
India 0-2 Ireland
Ireland do well to double their lead as they score on their fourth stroke
India 0-1 Ireland
Trouble for India as they miss their third stroke as well.
India 0-1 Ireland
Ireland score their third stroke and take lead.
India 0-0 Ireland
Monika takes India's second stroke but shoots wide.
India 0-0 Ireland
Rani misses as well.
India 0-0 Ireland
India save the first. Next up captain Rani Rampal.
The Hockey World Cup quarterfinal between India and Ireland goes into shootouts. It all comes down to Savita now to make crucial blocks. Remember, the winner plays Spain in semifinal.
Some time it’s all about killing the time ..... let c what’s going to happen now ..... Savitha ... savithaaaa 💪💪💪💪— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) August 2, 2018
India down to ten players
India are down to ten players for two minutes in the remaining match of 3.5 minutes. Even though it is a high intensity match, there hasn't been a clear cut opportunities from either ends.
We are in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, which is swinging back and forth between the two sides. The Indian team is pushing its limits for a breakthrough. Match seems to be heading into penalty shootout.
India penalty corner
India receive a penalty corner in the final quarter. However, the Irish goalkeeper McFerran does well to keep her side out of danger as Rani's shot failed to give India lead.
End of third quarter
That's the end of third quarter as the score still stands 0-0. Both teams look intent on not giving advantage to the other side.
The Indian Eves are pushing their limits from both the planks in the quest of finding a lead in this crucial Quarter Final tie against Ireland at the #HWC2018— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 2 August 2018
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India look for Rani
India are relying heavily on their captain Rani to lead them towards an opening goal. Whenever the Indian side builds up to attack, they lose the possession as they wait for Rani to go for the goal.
Good defence by India
India do well to defend as Daly Nicola plays through a reverse stick to put the ball inside the circle.
India move forward
Sunita's tackle deep in the Indian half causes a quick turnover in play and the Indian hockey team breaks forward.
The match moves into the second half. Neither of the teams have lost their intensity as they reach into the third quarter. India have slightly lost their second quarter vigour.
Both sides continue to look for opening goal as the match continues remains goalless at half-time. It has been a hard-fought contest so far as both sides refuse to leg go of possession.
India have found their groove in the second quarter of the quarterfinal as they look to be stealing the possession a little more than the previous quarter. Meanwhile, Savita makes a brilliant save to cast away danger.
Most of the action is taking place in the midfield as both sides refuse to let go of possession. Both teams are lacking when it comes to attack.
Ireland get first opportunity
The second quarter is underway. Ireland create the first opportunity as they break forward but Lilima is in the right position to stop the danger before it grew.
End of quarter one
The first quarter comes to an end. Ireland began well, with strong possession but it seemed to level out towards the end of the quarter. An intense match underway in London with both teams giving their all for the semifinal berth.
Ireland hold possession in the first quarter of the match as India continue to look for an opening chance. Ireland defence stands tall as India struggle.
Ireland start well
Good start for Ireland as India look like they are still warming up. Ireland's Pinder and O'Flanagan finding space in the circle. India look to attack but the Irish wall stands tall.
India's quarterfinal match against Ireland underway. In the group stage, India lost to Ireland. Revenge is on their mind as semifinal spot is at stake.
The teams are out on the field. National anthems are being sung. The players are taking positions as the quarterfinal is about to kickstart. Semifinal spot at stake.
Ireland's Starting XI
Here is the Starting XI of India, who eye semifinal spot.
Here’s how the starting XI for Indian Women’s Team will line-up for their decisive Quarter Final match at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 against Ireland. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #INDvIRE #CheerForEves pic.twitter.com/qjtEhZCqNz— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 2 August 2018
Rani Rampal appeals to fans
Here is an appeal by Indian captain Rani Rampal asking fans to give their full support to the team ahead of the quarterfinal clash against Ireland. “We need your support and blessings. On the ground, each player will give their 100 percent, but you guys please give us your 100 percent support outside the ground,” she said. "We all will make you feel proud in tomorrow’s game. Keep supporting India. Jai Hind."
India vs Ireland Live
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Hockey World Cup quarterfinals match between India and Ireland. India have revenge on their minds as they attempt to book their second semifinal spot ever.