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CWG: Clock issues prove costly as India loses to Australia in women’s hockey semi-final

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It was heartbreaking for the Indian women’s hockey team in the semi-finals in Birmingham as they lost 3-0 to Australia in a penalty shootout after the match ended with both teams tied 1-1 in normal time. However, Indian captain Savita Punia was denied a save from Australia’s Rosie Malone’s first shot when the referee reported that the clock had not started with Indian striker Lalremsiami ready to take India’s first shot.

Malone scored on a retake to give it a 1-0 lead before Lalremsiami missed his shot. Kaitlin Nobbs then scored for Australia on the second kick before Jocelyn Bartram made a save off Neha Goel.

Amy Lawton then scored the third goal for Australia and with India requiring a convert to stand a chance, Navneet Kaur missed the chance to score on the third kick to give Australia the win.

In regulation time, Rebecca Greiner scored for Australia in the tenth minute before Vandana Katariya equalized in the 49th minute of the match.

Coach Janneke Schopman said after the game: “It’s tough and I think as coaches we’re trying to be able to… but that’s life. It’s emotional and the stakes were high. Of course, they don’t need to be influenced by that, but they’re also human, and it played a role. The players are sad and they should be. We fought very hard and we were very close to playing in the final”.

Captain Savita Punia added: “I can only say that it is difficult for us, but it is part of the game.”

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