Indian women’s hockey team suffers 1-2 loss to China in FIH Pro League | – Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Indian women’s hockey team on Monday faced another setback in the FIH Pro League as they were downed 1-2 by China in Rourkela.
India initially took the lead in the seventh minute courtesy of Sangita Kumari’s field goal but China swiftly equalized in the 14th minute with a penalty corner converted by Gu Bingfeng.
Bingfeng went on to secure her second goal of the match in the 53rd minute through a penalty stroke.
The loss mirrored India’s previous encounter against China on February 3 in Bhubaneswar, where they were also beaten by the same 1-2 scoreline.
India earned five penalty corners in the match — as against four by China — but as is their wont, they could not convert a single one.
The two sides were locked 1-1 at the end of the first quarter. Sangita gave the finishing touches after receiving a pass from Vandana Katariya.
Just a minute before the end of the first quarter, Bingfeng smashed the ball past India captain and goalkeeper Savita Punia in her second PC attempt.
The next two quarters did not produce any goal from both sides before Bingfeng scored the winning strike in the last quarter.
India had also lost to the Netherlands (1-3) and Australia (0-3) before beating USA 3-1 on February 9.
India face the Netherlands again in their next match here on Wednesday.
(With inputs from PTI)