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India women lose 2-3 to Great Britain, ends FIH Pro League season with 8 defeats | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian women’s hockey team suffered a hard-fought 2-3 defeat to Great Britain in their FIH Pro League match in London on Sunday, extending their losing streak to eight matches.
India concluded their Pro League season with this heartbreaking loss to the home team.
Despite playing well for most of the match, a late double strike by Grace Baldson in the 56th and 58th minutes secured victory for Great Britain.Two contentious decisions, including a video review, left Indian coach Harendra Singh frustrated.
With the score tied at 2-2 and the final hooter approaching, Baldson’s powerful drag flick hit the bottom corner, clinching the win for Great Britain.

This moment was a painful reminder for India, as Baldson had also scored the decisive goal in the Tokyo Olympics, earning Great Britain the bronze medal and breaking Indian hearts once again.
Lalremsiami scored for India in the 14th minute after Charlotte Watson had given Britain an early lead with a third-minute strike. Navneet Kaur added another goal for India in the 23rd minute.
Although the Indian team showed a much-improved performance, it was not enough to end their streak of defeats or secure their first win under coach Harendra Singh.
“These are not the results that we want. We are upset about today’s result. We came back from a goal down, we needed to be calm in the end.
“When we came here, we had to play attacking hockey. The four matches in Belgium, we were defensive. We did that in London, but of course our defence needs to get better,” said goalkeeper Savita Punia.
“It means a lot to Indian hockey that we keep our place in the Pro League, because otherwise we don’t get enough matches. Not happy with performances, but happy that we remain in the Pro League,” she added.
(With PTI inputs)