India vs USA, Women's Hockey World Cup Highlights: India Play Out 1-1 Draw vs USA

Updated: 29 July 2018 23:40 IST

Women's Hockey World Cup Highlights, India vs USA Hockey Match: Rani Rampal scored the equaliser for India in the 31st minute after Margaux Paolino of USA put her team in the lead in the 11th minute.

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India vs USA Highlights, Women's Hockey World Cup: India draw 1-1 vs USA. © Hockey India

India drew 1-1 against world no.7 United States of America in their third and final Pool B match of the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London. By virtue of this draw, they kept their hopes alive of entering the knock-out stages of the tournament. USA took the lead in the first quarter as Margaux Paolino scored the opening goal of the match in the 11th minute. India fought valiantly in the second quarter but were not able to find the back of the net. In the opening minute of the third quarter skipper Rani Rampal scored the equalizer for the Indian team through a penalty corner. Both teams tried hard to score in the remaining third and fourth quarter of the game but the Indian as well as American defenders (including the goalkeepers) kept the ball at bay. India are still at third position in the group table with 2 points, while USA are languishing at the bottom.

Highlights Between India vs USA, Women's Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London

23:00 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.

22:59 IST: Final score is IND 1-1 USA

22:59 IST: Hooter and it's all over. 

22:56 IST: USA down to 10 players as Ashley Hoffman shown a yellow card for an ugly tackle.

22:53 IST: Just under 5 minutes to go with both teams still level at 1-1. Just not happening at the moment for India. Even after multiple circle penetrations, India have not been able to net the ball. 

22:48 IST: India attacking fiercely at the moment, looking for the second goal. USA 1-1 IND

22:47 IST: Udita with a powerful reverse shot inside USA circle but the ball goes over the net. 

22:44 IST: MISSED! That was a brilliant diving save from goalkeeper Jackie Briggs.

22:44 IST: Penalty corner for India in the 47th minute.

22:42 IST: Whistle and the final quarter begins!

22:40 IST: HOOTER and the third quarter comes to an end. USA 1-1 IND

22:37 IST: What a challenge that was from goalkeeper Savita. Brilliant diving save.

22:36 IST: Melissa Gonzalez given a green card by the umpire.

22:35 IST: Both teams looking for the lead but are struggling to penetrate in opposition's circle. USA 1-1 IND

22:30 IST: India looking strong with their attack now after levelling the score. Multiple circle penetrations but USA defenders are also alert. 

22:25 IST: GOAL! Rani Rampal with a powerful strike and goalkeeper Jackie Briggs had no chance there. India equalises in the 31st minute. USA 1-1 IND

22:24 IST: Penalty corner for India in the opening minute of the of the third quarter.

22:23 IST: Whistle and Rani Rampal gets the third quarter underway.

22:21 IST: Here are the half-time stats.

22:14 IST: Hooter and the second quarter ends. USA 1-0 IND

22:12 IST: Another penalty corner for USA. Kathleen Sharkey with a strong drag flick but goalkeeper Geeta saves it for India.

22:10 IST: Powerful flick from Vittese but the ball goes wide of the net. USA still lead India 1-0 with just under 90 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

22:09 IST: India lose their referral and USA get a penalty corner.

22:06 IST: Aggressive hockey from USA. They are dominating ball possession at the moment, looking for their second goal.

22:02 IST: USA attacking fiercely at the moment, trying to extend their lead. Indian women are looking nervous.

21:57 IST: Penalty corner given to India after video referral. Powerful strike from Gurjit but goal-keeper Jackie Briggs yet again clears the ball.  

21:53 IST: First penalty corner for USA in the match but it's a miss as Indian defenders clear the ball with ease. 

21:52 IST: Deepika given a green card in the opening minute of the second quarter.

21:52 IST: Whistle and the second quarter begins.

21:50 IST: HOOTER and it's the end of first quarter. USA 1-0 IND

21:49 IST: Another penalty corner for India but yet again cleared with ease by the American defence.

21:47 IST: India earn their second penalty corner but Jackie Briggs stops the ball with a brilliant diving save. 

21:41 IST: GOAL! USA strikes in the 11th minute. Margaux Paolino nets the ball after brilliant display by the attackers in the Indian circle. USA 1-0 IND

21:38 IST: Missed! USA goalkeeper saves the ball with ease.

21:38 IST: Penalty corner for India in the 8th minute.

21:33 IST: Bad news for India! Skipper Rani Rampal twists her ankle badly while attacking in the USA half, walks out. 

21:31 IST: India ask for a referral in the opening minute of the game but the umpire denies it.

21:30 IST: Umpire blows the whistle and the first quarter begins.

21:25 IST: Both teams are at the centre along with the match officials for the national anthems. We are just minutes away from the start.

21:10 IST: Starting XI for both the team announced!

21:00 IST: We are just 30 minutes away from the third match of the day which is between India and USA.

20:45 IST: South Korea drew China 1-1 in the first game of the day while Netherlands romped Italy 12-1 in the second game.

20:40 IST: India are currently placed third behind Ireland and hosts England in the group table. Ireland have already qualified for the quarterfinals.

20:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the Women's World Cup match between India and USA.

"The team's structure and planning is good which enabled us to create chances in the striking circle but not being able to convert these chances into goals cost us the match. We made 27 circle entries against Ireland while had made just 10 against England. Though playing against these two teams is very different from each other, it is frustrating that we could not convert a single goal from these chances (15 shots on goal) against Ireland. But at the same time I take this as a positive that we have the abilities to puncture any team's defence to create potential opportunities. When we play USA, the emphasis would certainly be on scoring from these opportunities created. We have to execute better and the girls are working for that," Marijne said.

Against Ireland, Indian defence looked strong as the opposition could only manage 10 circle entries. Sjoerd Marijne asserted that the defence is in good position but the team needs to be more precise in the attacking department. "Our defence will be one of our advantages against USA. The loss against Ireland has not affected the confidence of the team because we know that if we have created enough chances against Ireland while our defence has held strong, we can do the same against USA too, " Marijne added. USA, who are currently fourth in group B drew against England and lost 1-3 to Ireland. Both India and USA have one point each with India being ahead due to goal difference. To remain in contention for a quarterfinal berth, India need a win or a draw from Sunday's game. "It is a must-win match for us on Sunday and there is no doubt that," concluded Marijne.

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