Vandana scores in India’s 1-0 win over Belarus

Vandana scored a stunning backhanded field goal in the 26th minute to help India win and top the table in Pool A giving the team an entry in to the semifinals of Women’s Hockey World League

India displayed good overall skills to emerge on the top of the table.   -  FIH

Vandana Katariya scored the winner as Indian women’s team beat Belarus 1-0 in its second pool A encounter at the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2.

Indian eves had earlier defeated Uruguay 4-2 in a thrilling shootout in their opening match.

It was Vandana, who scored a stunning backhanded field goal in the 26th minute to help India win and top the table in Pool A giving the team an entry in to the semifinals.

Both teams began on a strong note and were equally poised in the first quarter as they traded a penalty corner each but neither teams were successful in converting them and entered the second quarter in a stalemate.

While India were quick to earn their second PC in the 21st minute, the opportunity could not be capitalised. Soon after, in the 22nd minute, India’s goalkeeper Savita was brilliant in her efforts when she saved a hard-struck penalty corner to deny Belarus an early lead.

India, however, went into half-time with a 1-0 lead after Vandana’s sensational field goal. This was her second goal in the tournament so far. While India continued to display good defensive skills to hold the lead, its attack was commendable too as it made brave forays into the striking circle in the following two quarters.

India earned as many as three penalty corners in the third quarter but couldn’t convert.

Belarus, on the other hand, came close to scoring in the 58th minute to equalise when it got a short corner. But Savita continued to impress with a diving save to help India maintain its slender lead till the hooter was blown.