Unstoppable Indian Women’s Hockey team proved their dominance one more time at FIH Series Finals 2019. Rani Rampal-led Indian squad sealed the final showdown of the grand hockey tournament with a successful margin of 3-1 against Japan at Hiroshima.
At the beginning of the game, both the squads were trying to play very defensively against each other but right after the three minutes Indian team’s skipper Rani Rampal found the net and opened the account for her squad with a 1-0 lead. After the brilliant knock of India, Japanese player then came into power and leveled up the game with 1-1 at 11th minute with the help of talented player Kanon Mori.
This created tremendous pressure on both the teams but Indian women didn’t lose their cool and kept attacking with the same confidence. This resulted in another goal by Indian dragflicker Gurjit Kaur who took the Indian tally to 2-1 against Japan after flicking second goal for her side at 45th minute.
At the beginning of fourth quarter, India maintained its possession on Japanese players and grabbed some excellent opportunities to convert the third goal but Japan’s goalie showed her brilliance and kept the Indian team outside the box for few minutes. In 60th minute, Gurjit Kaur again sounded the board and gave India a match-winning 3-1 lead in order to clinch the title of FIH Women’s Series Finals, ‘road to olympics’.
The moment when India clinched the title of FIH Series Finals 2019 against Japan, Twitter was flooded with heartfelt reactions. Here are some of the important tweets of well-known personalities after the proud winning of India:
Exceptional game, excellent outcome!
Congratulations to our team for winning the Women's FIH Series Finals hockey tournament.
This stupendous victory will further popularise hockey and also inspire many young girls to excel in the sport.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2019
Thank you Shri. Narendra Modi for the support and the motivating words. The win will only drive more young women to choose sport as a career 👍🏽 https://t.co/EpL7hoZ0S8
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) June 23, 2019
Sports minister Kiran Rijiju also congratulated the Indian Women’s Hockey team for their exceptional win
Here comes the great news! India clinched the Women's FIH Series Finals hockey tournament by beating Japan 3-1 in the finals at Hiroshima🇮🇳
What an amazing games displayed by Indian Women team🏑
CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS! https://t.co/QIBxlGq4H6
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 23, 2019
Earlier in the semi-final round of recently concluded tournament, India defeated Chilean squad by 4-2 with the help of star skipper Rani Rampal who knocked the match-winning goal. The match was started off with electrifying energy as India and Chile both went hard on each other but it was Chile who got the opportunity first to open an account in the game. All thanks to attacking midfielder Carolina García who sounded the board at the 18th minute of the first half.