The Indian women's hockey team's disappointing performance in the FIH Pro League continued as it lost 1-2 to China in Rourkela on Monday. India took the lead in the seventh minute through a field goal from Sangeeta Kumari, but China equalized in the 14th minute through Gu Bingfeng (penalty corner), who scored his second goal of the match through a penalty stroke in the 53rd minute. . India had lost to China by a 1-2 margin in their first match in Bhubaneswar on 3 February.
India got five penalty corners in the match, while China got four, but as is their habit, they could not convert even a single penalty corner.
At the end of the first quarter, both the teams were tied at 1-1. Sangeeta gave the final touches after getting the approval from Vandana Kataria.
Just a minute before the end of the first quarter, Bingfeng passed the ball past India captain and goalkeeper Savita Punia on her second PC attempt.
No goals were scored from either side in the next two quarters.
China had more possession of the ball in the second quarter but the Indian defense was flexible and did not allow the visitors to connect the dots and take the lead.
With about 10 minutes left in the second quarter, China got a penalty corner but Savita made a good save. The Indians immediately counter-attacked and got a chance to score through another penalty corner.
However, the Chinese defense was up to par as the half ended with a 1–1 score.
China were awarded a penalty corner early in the third quarter, but an alert Neha Goyal referral led to the decision being overturned after the ball had hit the shin of Chinese player Huang Haiyan.
India maintained good control of the ball in the third quarter, while the Chinese played deep in their own half and prevented the Indians from breaking into their defence. Neither team was able to find the net in the third quarter and the deadlock continued.
Both teams came close to taking the lead on several occasions but it was China who scored their second goal after being awarded a penalty stroke.
Bingfeng stepped up to take the penalty stroke and made no mistake as the Chinese were in front with about seven minutes left on the clock.
In the 55th minute, India got two consecutive penalty corners but the Chinese defense kept the ball on both the occasions. China maintained its slight lead of one goal till the end.
India also lost to Netherlands (1-3) and Australia (0-3) before beating USA 3-1 on February 9.
India will again face Netherlands in their next match on Wednesday.
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