“Clock Was Not Set” Says Referee in CWG 2022 India vs Australia Women’s Hockey Semifinals

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CWG 2022 India vs Australia Women's Hockey Semifinals
CWG 2022 India vs Australia Women's Hockey Semifinals(Image: SONY Liv)

CWG 2022 India vs Australia Women’s Hockey Semifinals: Indian women’s hockey team burst into tears after team lost the semi-finals against the Australian women’s hockey team on Friday(August 5).

CWG 2022 India vs Australia Women’s Hockey Semifinals

Indian women’s hockey team after equalizing the goal(1-1) in regulation time gets into a shootout round. The Indian women’s hockey team went down 3-0 to four-time champions Australia in a shoot-out and lost the semi-finals match.

Though team India lost the match, fans blamed the umpires for their mismanagement in the crucial semifinal shootout. In the shootout, Indian goalkeeper Savita Punia saved the first Australian attempt by Ambrosia Malone but with the clock not set, India conceded in the second attempt.

Australia capitalised on the momentum to hit the next three into the Indian goal while India’s shots in the shoot-out were saved by Aussie goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram, who had swapped in.

“I just don’t understand. Australia weren’t complaining… I don’t think even the one didn’t take the drama officials understood what happened… it’s not an excuse but that didn’t help us for sure,” said India coach Janneke Schopman on the shootout drama.

The Savita Punia-led side had earlier finished at the second spot in Pool A with nine points from four games to advance to the semi-final, while the Australian team had finished as the topper of Pool B.

They remain unbeaten in the tournament with their thrilling win over India in the semi-finals. Australia will now face England in the final of the event.

At the last edition, India had lost 1-0 to Australia in the semi-finals and were drubbed 6-0 against England in the bronze medal match. Apart from the gold in 2002, the Indian women’s hockey team also has a silver from the 2006 edition.

The 2002 Commonwealth Games champions – India, will now play last edition’s winners New Zealand in the bronze medal play-off on Sunday.

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