|February 19th, 2012|
|6||Pool A||6:00pm||IND - CAN||4 - 1 (3 - 0)||Final||x 10|
Both teams opened the competition with a draw, India against Ukraine (1-1) and Canada against Italy (2-2), and were in need of a win today to maintain alive their hope of reaching the Final next Saturday.
Stephanie JAMESON was honored before the match for earning her 164th International Cap and becoming the highest capped player for the Canadian team.
Pushed by the local crowd, the Indian women immediately besieged the Canadian circle and Azelia LIU in goal was called into action early. A long solitary run by Anuradha Devi THOKCHOM earned India a penalty-corner, well defended by Canada. The Indians were however successful on their second penalty-corner by Soundarya YENDALA, on hand on the far post to redirect the initial shot. Rani RAMPAL added a goal soon after, running on the back line and lifting the ball from a difficult angle over the diving goal-keeper.
Azelia LIU was multiplying the saves, including on a spectacular one-on-one with an Indian forward, but could not prevent Sushila Chanu PUKHRAMBAM to score a third goal from the top of the circle after a penalty-corner option that seemed to fizzle. India went into the half-time break with this comfortable 3-goal lead, and things looked grim for Canada, who were maintaining their defensive structure against the fast Indian forwards but had yet to challenge the Indian defense.
Canada started the second period more determined, pressing higher on the Indian midfield and defense to prevent them from launching their running game. They seemed to have the upper hand for a while, but India increased their tally on a counter-attack, Amerada Devi THOKCHOM unleashing a stunning shot in the top corner of the Canadian goal. Canada maintained their pressure and were rewarded for their efforts in the final minute, when Hannah HAUGHN emerged from a scramble with the ball and pushed it in goal.
Player of the Match was Asunta LAKRA of India.