Youth Olympics: Indian women’s hockey team reaches semis

The Indian women's team defeated Poland 3-0 to seal its berth in the semifinal of the 2018 Youth Olympics.

Lalremsiami (10’), captain Salima Tete (14’) and Baljeet Kaur (14’) contributed to the U-18 team’s victory with a goal each at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. (Representational Image)   -  P.V. SIVAKUMAR

The Indian women’s team notched up a comfortable 3-0 win over Poland to enter the semifinals of the Hockey 5s competition of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games here.

Lalremsiami (10’), captain Salima Tete (14’) and Baljeet Kaur (14’) contributed to the U-18 team’s victory with a goal each at the Parque Polideportivo Roca.

The first period of the quarterfinal game started with Poland finding the first chance in the second minute as Viktoria Zimmermann tested the Indian goalkeeper Bichu Kharibam. India’s Mumtaz Khan also had a chance in the same minute but could not get past the Polish custodian.

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Both the teams tried to get into the rhythm and find an opening to take the lead, but it was only in the last minute of the first period that Indian forward Lalremsiami made the breakthrough as she scored past Poland’s Nicole Chruszcz to give her team lead.

The second period was a crucial one in the context of the match as Poland looked for an equaliser, whereas India was eager to extend its lead and secure a semifinal spot.

India had a few chances in the opening couple of minutes, and it was two quick goals in the 14th that sealed the tie. Captain Salima sounded the board in the 14th minute and Baljeet scored 54 seconds later to secure the win.