FIH Women's Series Finals: As it happened- India beats Uruguay 4-1

Rani Rampal, Gurjit Kaur, Jyoti and Lalremsiami struck goals as India got off to a positive start in the FIH Women's Series Final Pool A match against Uruguay in Hiroshima, Japan.

The India women's hockey team during a practice session ahead of the FIH Women's Series finals.   -  PTI

Here's how the action unfolded:

 

 

 

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- India will next face Poland tomorrow in its second Pool A match. The match will be played at 2:30 PM IST (6:00 PM local time). Stay tuned to Sportstar for live updates for that match too, and watch out for the match report of India's win today.

 

FULL TIME: INDIA 4-1 URUGUAY. India comfortably beats Uruguay in its first Pool A match of FIH Women's Series Finals. Goals from Rani Rampal (10'), Gurjit Kaur (21'), Jyoti (40') and Lalremsiami (56')  ensured India emerged victorious at the end.

 

56' GOAL! INDIA 4-1 URUGUAY. India responds quickly to Uruguay's first goal as Lalremsiami scores the fourth for the Indian women.

51' GOAL! INDIA 3-1 URUGUAY. Viana Ache Maria Teresa scores for Uruguay, as the team makes the most of a chance in the midfield, and Viana Ache finishes it well.

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46' The final quarter starts. India has kept the momentum so far, enjoying a three-goal lead.

-End of Q3-

45' India gets a PC but a solid Uruguayan defence denies India a chance to capitalise.

 

40' GOAL! INDIA 3-0 URUGUAY. Jyoti adds the third for India! Neha Goyal and Vandana Katariya combine well to set up Jyoti, who finds the net.

39' SAVE! Indian goalkeeper Savita denies Uruguay a chance at goal from a power-packed strike.

37' India gets PC. However, nothing comes off it as an Uruguayan defender pulls off a fine clearance.

 

 

HALF TIME: INDIA 2-0 URUGUAY. Goals from Rani Rampal and Gurjit Kaur keeps India in the lead at the end of second quarter.

 

21' GOAL! INDIA 2-0 URUGUAY. And just as I discuss if Uruguay can come back in the game, India has added another! Gurjit Kaur scores from a penalty corner.

20' Ten minutes remaining in the first half. Will Uruguay find the equaliser before the break?

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- End of Q1 -

15' India enjoys ball possession in the first quarter, along with its one-goal lead.

 

10' GOAL! INDIA 1-0 URUGUAY. Rani Rampal gets India the lead as she flicks the ball into the net from the edge of the circle.

4' Four minutes in and both teams are putting their best foot forward. The deadlock is yet to be broken.

1' PUSHBACK! Action is underway.

 

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- As we get closer to the commencement of India vs Uruguay, the news coming in from the other fixture of Pool A is that Poland has beaten Fiji 6-0.

 

- Pushback is at 2:30 PM IST (6:00 PM local time). The players are warming up.

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- “As the highest ranked team, it’s important for us to win and get 500 ranking points, which will be very important when it comes to the draw for the next round of qualifiers. But we must play consistent to be successful,” coach Marijne said before the team’s departure to Japan.

- India is ranked ninth in the world, whereas Uruguay is 24th. Since 2013, the two teams have met just once, with India winning the fixture by two goals.

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- In the warm-up matches, India beat a local club team 4-1 followed by a 2-1 win against Japan which is grouped in Pool B with Chile, Russia and Mexico.

- In order to prepare for the tournament, India played two practice matches - against a local club and the Japanese team - and had good training sessions a week prior to the tournament, which has helped it understand the pitch.

- The Indian women's team, which is ranked ninth in the world, needs to finish among the top two in the tournament to make it to the Olympics Qualifiers to be held later this year.

- India takes on Uruguay in the Pool A match of the FIH Women's Series Finals. The other two teams in the pool are Fiji and Poland, who are currently facing each other - Poland is leading 3-0 in the final quarter.