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FIH Olympic Qualifiers, India beat Russia 4-2, Highlights: As it happened

Catch all the highlights of FIH Olympics Qualifiers first leg between India and Russia through our live blog.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 01, 2019 21:49 IST
FIH Olympic Qualifiers, India beat Russia 4-2, Highlights: As it happened
Live updates: India men’s team take on Russia in Olympic qualifier first leg

The winner over two legs will seal a spot in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

06:51 PM IST

HT's Karan at Kalinga Stadium

GOAL! A moment of brilliance from India, as the corner provided the opportunity for goal. Sushila Pukhrambam passed it to Rani Rampal, who did a bit of trickery, to get past the defender and get the ball away to Neha Goyal in front of the goal. Neha passsed it Lilima Minz in front of the empty net and she pocketed it in easily.

India 1-0 USA at the end of second quarter!

06:49 PM IST

India break deadlock

A corner to India in the 27th minute after a spirited run from Vandana Katariy. Navjot takes the shot, but it hits USA's defender leg. Another PC to India. Lilima scores the easiest of goal as he was left alone inside the box and the ball reached her after a goal mouth scramble. India lead 1-0 just before half-time

06:46 PM IST

India under pump

USA attackers have put India under immense pressure as they seem to the team to score first. The home side have somehow managed to keep the score 0-0 but India need to change strategy as their defence can't hold on for long.

06:39 PM IST

Penalty corner for India

USA skipper Kathleen Sharkey gets the ball and passes it to Lauren Moyer, who runs inside India's circle, as India's defence goes on awakabout. Savita makes a good save though

FIRST PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA! It comes in the 21st minute. Ekka passes from the corner, Gurjit Kaur's flick was saved by goalkeeper Kelsey Bing. Meanwhile, India gives away a penalty corner in the next minute, but the USA's skipper shot missed the target. Still 0-0

06:36 PM IST

Second quarter begins

Lalresiami working her magic in front as India enjoy their best couple of minutes in USA's defence. The poor finishing from Sharmila Devi leaves India still not being able to break the 0-0 hold.

06:33 PM IST

First quarter ends

India largely on defensive duties as the cagey first quarter comes to an end. Little to excite the fans so far, and coach Sjoerd Marijne is out again to discuss tactics. Both teams looked flat in attack, and kept loosing possession. Still all to play for in the next three quarters.

06:31 PM IST

Close shave for India

USA's Erin Matson gets a ball inside the Indian circle from right, it gets a touch from a US player. India goalkeeper Savita stumbled in the save, but she was rescued by her defence. Nervy moment for India.

06:24 PM IST

Match locked at 0-0

Sharmila Devi runs from the right corner with plenty of space, much to the delight of Indian fans. But the pass to Tete Salima was not picked up well, and the chance is wasted away. Meanwhile, USA gets a shot away on the counter-attack, but it goes off the target though.

06:18 PM IST

HT's Karan at Kalinga Stadium

Cagey first five minutes into the match, as both teams battle it out out in the midfield. The ball largely remains in USA's half. USA's Amanda Magadan, gets ball inside India's circle, but it was well defended by the home team.

06:13 PM IST

Match begins

The players from USA walk out into the turf, enthusiastically give each other a hi-5. A much more calmer arrival from the Indian team. but the crowd gives them a loud cheer. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju shakes hands with players from both the teams.Time for National Anthems of both the nations.

06:05 PM IST

Match about to begin

The players are now making their way out in the middle as the match is about to begin. Rani Rampal is leading the Indian team out amid huge roar from the home crowd.

05:58 PM IST

HT's Karan at Kalinga Stadium

Match about to begin in 5 minutes. The emcee at the stands announces the teams to the crowd. It's a considerable lighter crowd in Kalinga Stadium than it was expected for the women's game.

05:37 PM IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of FIH Women's Qualifiers first leg between India and USA which will be played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

First published: Nov 01, 2019 17:15 IST