The Indian women’s team’s hopes of making the semifinals of the Champions Challenge hockey tournament went up in smoke after losing 1-3 in a penalty shootout to Scotland in the quarterfinals here on Friday.
The two teams had tied 1-1 after regulation time and the result was decided through a shootout. India next plays South Africa for the fifth-eighth positions.
India took a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second half when Jaspeet Kaur scored off a penalty stroke. The goal capped a strong first-half performance by the Indians, who dominated much of the first 45 minutes.
The goal woke up the Scottish team, which sprung into action in the second half. It peppered the Indian goal and was finally rewarded with an equaliser 12 minutes from time when Susan McGilveray fired in.
It ended a 20-minute spell that saw India constantly fending off a strong Scottish attack.
In extra time, there were several good chances on both ends, but strong goalkeeping extended the match into a shootout.
India lead 1-0, but Scotland stormed back and rattled in three goals to post a 3-1 win on the fourth shot, securing its spot in the semifinal.
Keywords: Champions Challenge hockey