FIH Series Finals: Gurjit brace helps India to 5-0 win over Poland

High pressing strategy put Poland’s defenders constantly under stress as the Indian eves sealed a 5-0 win in their Pool B FIA Women's Series Finals match.

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Gurjit scored a brace to lead the Indian women’s hockey team to a dominant 5-0 victory over Poland at the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 on Sunday.

Right from the outset, India was on the attack with its left side causing problems for Poland’s defence with regularity. Poland enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but India caused problems with its speed in attack. The best chance to open the scoring fell for India in the final seconds of the first quarter.

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India’s high pressing strategy put Poland’s defenders constantly under stress as they looked to play the ball out quickly, often inaccurately and turned over possession in crucial areas with regularity.

Under pressure by Sunita Lakra, Poland faltered in playing out from the back and the ball fell to Navjot Kaur on the left. Her cross was inch perfect, directed towards the far post, where Jyoti deflected it in to give India a deserved lead.

India won a flurry of PCs in the final five minutes of the second quarter. From one of them, Vandana Katariya pounced on a loose ball — after Gurjit’s dragflick had been saved by Gabara — to score India’s second. From another, Gurjit slotted the ball into the bottom left corner, to give India a three goal lead as it went into halftime.

India won a stroke in the 35th minute and Gurjit duly dispatched it to score her second, and India’s fourth, of the game. It was with that lead the team went into the final break.

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The final quarter was an ill-tempered affair, both teams reduced to ten at times. India held firm control over the game though, its regular circle penetrations enough to keep Poland in the defensive mode.

India’s fifth came via brilliant stick work from Navneet Kaur in the 56th minute. Navneet picked up the ball with her back to goal at the top of the Poland circle, turned away from her marker with ease and unleashed a shot into the bottom corner. Gabara got a hand to it but the power of the shot was too much for her to save.

It was the final bit of action as India sealed a comfortable 5-0 victory.

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