The third match in Pool B between India and USA ended in a draw at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Center on Sunday. India will be pleased with the result as it keeps them alive in the tournament. USA players look disappointed. Margaux Paolino got the first goal of the match for USA in the 18th minute. India captain Rani Rampal got the equalizer in the third quarter to level it at 1-1. Despite equal share of attacks the pulsating contest ended in a draw. With this result, India have qualified for the crossover matches. The result in those matches will decide the last four quarter-finalists.
Earlier, India had played a draw (vs England) and lost (vs Ireland) in the first two matches of the World Cup to squander chance at automatic qualification for the quarterfinals. India are third in the Pool.
India vs USA, Women's World Cup: Highlights
Full Time! IND 1-1 USA
Its all over at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Center and the match has ended in a draw. India will be pleased with the result as it keeps them alive in the tournament. USA players look disappointed. Margaux Paolino got the first goal of the match for USA in the 18th minute. India captain Rani Rampal got the equalizer in the third quarter to level it at 1-1. Despite equal share of attacks the pulsating contest ended in a draw. With this result India have qualified for the crossover matches. The result in those matches will decide the last four quarter-finalists.
Ashley Hoffman gets a yellow card! And that means USA will finish with 10 players on the pitch. IND 1-1 USA
Free hit for India! IND 1-1 USA
India passing it around but Monika is hit on the face and India earn a free hit. Can they convert something fruitful out of it? No! and the game moves on. The scores are still level. 5 minutes are all that India has left.
Third Quarter Ends! IND 1-1 USA
A much better period of play for Indian eves as Rampal found the back of the net. India need to maintain this scoreline or score a goal to make t to the next round
India applying pressure
The Indian Eves are rejuvenated by the goal and are showing their confidence in defense as they frustrate the USA forwards and kill their momentum in the midfield. IND 1-1 USA.
GOAL! IND 1-1 USA
India have clawed back into this match with a goal by captain Rani Rampal. She somehow manages to squeeze one in from the penalty corner and India equalize. IND 1-1 USA. This game is going to take us to the edge.
Half-time! IND 0-1 USA
The referee blows the whistle and it is half-time. India continues to trail USA by a solitary goal. India have also lost a referral which would prove costly as the match goes on. In terms of circle penetrations - India have 11 while USA have 17.
India lose referral
India have lost their referral in the second quarter. The referee had said that goalkeeper Savita had protected the ball under her body. PC for USA but India refer and lose it. No damage done- IND 0-1 USA. But will they regret it later? Only time will tell.
IND 0-1 USA
Four and a half minutes remaining in the second half and India still trail USA by one goal. The movement needs to be a little bit more clever and offensive to break the US defense. Meanwhile, Lalremsiami gets a green card.
19 mins- Another low and powerful drag-flick shot by Gurjit and it is saved by Briggs. Gurjit has been the most lively player for India so far and she needs to continue. Rampal, with a strapped ankle, walks gingerly. IND 0-1 USA
Penalty Corner! USA
Penalty corner for USA. Paolino in the circle but the Indian Eves comfortably handle the attempt from the set-piece. IND 0-1 USA
USA are in the lead and obviously in a better headspace. For India things haven't gone according to plan as they conceded a goal and missed 3 PCS's. Can India strike back quickly? IND 0-1 USA
India recover quickly
The Indian Eves apply pressure to the opposition goal. Second penalty corner for India in the game. Gurjit swings with a dragflick but a sharp save by the USA goalkeeper keeps USA's lead. IND 0-1 USA
USA draw first blood. Margaux Paolino gets the goal in the 9th min. Paolino was in a dangerous position near the goal and finishes with ease. Huge setback for India. IND 0-1 USA
8th minute and India have a penalty corner. But nothing fruitful comes out of it. Meanwhile, Rampal gets her ankle plastered. India need her on the field. IND 0-0 USA
Captain Rani Rampal seems like she has twisted her ankle? She has limped off the pitch. This is the last things India would have asked for. But the game continues. IND 0-0 USA
India off to a good start
India get off to a good start as they pressure their opponents' defense right from the beginning. Positive start for team India and they need to carry one. IND 0-0 USA
First Quarter LIVE
The anthems are done and it is time for live action at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Center. And we are off as First quarter begins- India on the offense.
India Head Coach Sjoerd Marijne speaks
After the last match against Ireland which ended in a defeat coach Sjoerd Marijne stated that India cannot repeat their mistakes in the match against USA.
"The team's structure and planning is good which enabled us to create chances in the striking circle but not being able to convert these chances into goals cost us the match. We made 27 circle entries against Ireland while had made just 10 against England. When we play USA, the emphasis would certainly be on scoring from these opportunities created. We have to execute better and the girls are working for that," Marijne said.
Here is how the Indian eves line up for the crucial match tonight!
Here’s how the Indian Women’s Team will line-up for their final pool-stage game of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 against USA. Watch LIVE at 9:30 PM (IST) on @StarSportsIndia 2/2HD, @hotstartweets and @ddsportschannel on 29th July.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/SEf8kNr1fo— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 29 July 2018
India vs USA LIVE
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the Women's World Cup match between India and USA. The writing on the wall is clear- India needs at least a draw to keep themselves alive in the tournament. India are third in the Pool B