The Indian women’s team scored a hard-fought 2-1 win over lower-ranked Chile to finish seventh in the FIH World League Round 3 here on Saturday. In the 44th minute, Chile went ahead through Camila Caram who scored off a penalty corner.
The South American side’s joy was, however, shortlived as Ritusha Kumari restored parity for India three minutes later, pushing home from close range a pass from Lilima Minz.
Chanchan Devi Thokchom scored the winner for India in the 56th minute from a goalmouth melee.
Chile had many chances to draw level, earning quite a few penalty corners, but failed to convert any of them.
The Indian men’s team will face Spain in the fifth-sixth place play-off match on Sunday.
The results (women): Final: Germany 1 (Janne Muller-Wieland) bt the Netherlands 1 (Kim Lammers) in shootout 4-3. 3rd place playoff: Korea 3 (Han Hye Lyoung, Seung A. Park, Han Hye Lyoung) bt New Zealand 3 (Anita Punt, Katie Glynn, Kyla Sharland) in shootout 3-2.
7-8 place playoff: India 2 (Ritusha Kumari Arya, Chanchan Devi Thokchom) bt Chile 1 (Camila Caram).
5-6 place playoff: Japan 3 (Rika Komazawa, Shiho Otsuka, Shihori Oikawa) bt Belgium 1 (Anouk Raes).
Friday’s results: Men: Semifinals: Belgium 3 (Tom Boon 2, Thomas Briel) bt New Zealand 2 (Blair Hilton, Andy Hayward); Australia 4 (Christopher Ciriello, Matthew Ghodes, Russell Ford, Kieran Govers) bt the Netherlands 3 (Jeroen Hertzberger, Billy Bakker, Rogier Hofman).