CWG 22: During the women’s hockey semi-finals in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022, something happened which has dealt a big blow to India. Actually, on Friday, the Indian women’s hockey team had to face defeat against Australia. After going 1-0 down for the first three quarters, the Indian team bounced back in the fourth quarter and Vandana Kataria scored 1-1 in the 49th minute. The Indian team performed brilliantly in front of a strong team like Australia.
Indian team faced foul
The match progressed to a penalty shootout after the score was tied at 1-1 till full time. The Indian team faced a foul in the shootout. This has dealt a big blow not only to the women’s hockey team but to the gold medal hopes of the whole of India. Actually, the match reached the shootout after the result was not declared till full time. There Indian captain and goalkeeper Kavita Poonia saved the first shoot but, the timer itself was not started. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Australia scored a goal in the next shoot. After this, Australia scored 3 consecutive goals in the shootout, while the Indian team could not even score a goal. There is a lot of outrage among Indian fans after seeing this. Fans are accusing the International Hockey Federation (FIH/FIH) of dishonesty.
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Indian coach clashed with referee
Australia’s first attempt in the shootout was considered invalid as the new rules require the ball to be dribbled from a distance of 26 meters to the goalkeeper for eight seconds and then to score with one’s own skill. During the shootout, two officials from the technical team stand near the goal post. But when the Australian team made its first attempt, the timer was not started. After this the Indian coach clashed with the referee.
Indian team looked disappointed after defeat
After losing the match in the shootout, the Indian team looked quite disappointed. India’s captain and goalkeeper Savit Poonia had tears in his eyes. Indian fans were very angry with this inaction of the match officials.
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