China defeat India in women's hockey opener

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Asian Games silver medallists India began their campaign in women's hockey on a disastrous note losing 0-2 to a strong China in the opening match of the competi

Busan:

Asian Games silver medallists India began their campaign in women's hockey on a disastrous note losing 0-2 to a strong China in the opening match of the competition in the Asian Games today. India, who won the Commonwealth Games gold medal recently, failed to live up to the expectations as they were outplayed in all departments by Champions Trophy winners China. China pumped in both the goals in the second half through skipper Chen Zhao Xia. Xia scored the goals through penalty corners in the 38th and 61st minute of the match. India paid dearly for missing several goal-scoring opportunities which included a penalty stroke in the dying minutes with Manjinder Kaur messing it up. Though India lost by two goals, the margin could have been much higher but for the Indian goalkeeper and the defenders who thwarted many moves by the rampaging Chinese inside the circle. Some good show by the defenders and a few smart saves by goalkeeper Tingongleima Chanu denied the opposition the needed space near the goal-mouth as China could convert only two out of total 13 penalty corners they earned. Indians, who had converted almost half of their penalty corners en route to the Commonwealth Games triumph, failed to utilise the three they got today. India next meets South Korea on Monday. (PTI)

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