India register hat-trick of defeats in women`s hockey WC

Indian eves` disastrous hockey World Cup campaign continued as they lost 1-4 to Germany to complete a hat-trick of defeats in the quadrennial event here.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2010, 10:16 AM IST

Rosario (Argentina): Indian eves` disastrous
hockey World Cup campaign continued as they lost 1-4 to
Germany to complete a hat-trick of defeats in the quadrennial
event here.

India`s third consecutive defeat in Pool A means the
Surinder Kaur-led side is still without points in the
tournament and are virtually out of the medal race.

The comprehensive victory, however, took Germany one step
closer towards the semi-final spot after having won all their
three pool matches so far.

Germany had four different goal-scorers in the match
in Eileen Hoffmann (22nd minute), Maike Stoekel (32nd),
Natascha Keller (37th) and Lydia Haase (49th).

While for India, the ever-impressive Rani Rampal sounded
the board to become the joint top scorer of the tournament
along with Maartje Paumen of the Netherlands with four goals
each.

India will next play Japan in their penultimate pool
match tomorrow while Germany will be up against defending
champions the Netherlands.

As was the case in their earlier two matches, the Indian
eves were slow to get off the blocks which gave Germany the
upper hand from the onset.

But despite having better exchanges in the initial stages
of the match, it took the Germans 22 minutes to break the
deadlock when Hoffmann converted the only penalty corner out
of the four they earned.

Germany`s celebrations were short-lived as 15-year-old
Rampal scored from open play to level the scores.

The Germans, however, restored their lead three minutes
from the breather when a diving Stoekel pushed in a cross pass
from the right past Indian custodian Dipika Murthy.

A minute later, India could have drawn parity from their
first short corner but for an alert German goalkeeper Kristina
Reynolds who thwarted any danger to her goal.

But after the change of ends, it was all Germany with
evergreen striker Keller showing her creativity with the
stick.

Keller`s effort bore fruit early in the second period
when she scored from a penalty stroke to give Germany it`s
first goal from the spot.

Haase completed the scoreline for Germany in the 49th
minute when she scored from an open play.

From there on, India pressed hard for a comeback into the
match, mounting continuous pressure on the Germany defence but
Reynolds stood firm to deny the team.

Meanwhile in other matches of Pool A, the Netherlands
defeated Australia 4-1 while Japan and New Zealand played out
a 2-2 draw.

PTI