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India beat USA in a thriller to secure 9th place at the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup

LAUSANNE: The round of classification matches to decide the rankings from 9th to 16th place at the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup 2023 came to an end with a nail-biting thriller between India and the USA. While Chile had to satisfy itself at the 12th spot after losing to Korea, Canada finished last in the World Cup at the 16th place.

USA vs India [Full-Time Score: 2-2 (Shoot-out Score: 2-3)

The last and most interesting match of the day saw two teams who had a mixed run in the tournament play against each other. The game was tied at 2-2 at the end of 60 minutes and even went to sudden death after being tied at the end of five shootouts as well. The intensity of this game was on a whole different level.

Kiersten Thomassey scored both goals for USA (27’ and 53’) while Manju Chorsiya (11’) and Sunelita Toppo (57’) netted one each for the women in blue. Sunelita’s goal proved to be the difference as she scored in the dying minutes of the match to level the game.

In the shootouts, it was Rutaja’s heroics that took India to victory, as she scored off both the opportunities that she got.

“We had seen videos of USA’s matches and had analyzed their game. We structured our game accordingly and played with full focus. We are happy to finish on a high at the end of the tournament.”

Result: 9th–10th Place Classification Match

USA 2-2 India (Shootout Score: 2-3)

Player of the Match: Rutaja Dadaso Pisal (IND)

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