India Beat Canada 3-2 to Seal Semi-final Berth

India vs Canada Women’s Hockey CWG 2022: The Indian women’s hockey team has booked a spot in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Wednesday after a 3-2 victory over Canada.

After kicking off the opening game against Ghana with a resounding 5-goal win, the Indian women defeated the Welsh women’s team by 3 goals to 1.

But their winning streak was cut short when they went to the England team when they went down 1-3.

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India is third in the Group A ranking with 2 wins and 1 loss in 3 matches and will try to finish their group campaign with a win over Canada, which is second in the ranking.

The two teams are tied on 6 points each, but the North American nation is ahead thanks to goal difference.

The top two teams in each group will earn a place in the 2022 CWG Semifinals, while the two third-placed teams in each group will compete for fifth place.

India went on to beat England in their previous encounter against Ghana and Wales. But the English women turned out to be too heavy for the Indian women’s outfit, as they were pressured by the host country from the start.

The England team opened the scoring after just three minutes of play when Gisele Ansley gave her team the lead.

The Indian team was let down by a poor finish as the attacking unit was not at their sharpest on the day. Vandhana Kataria’s lone attack saved India from further embarrassment when she found the net in the last second of the match.

The Indian team lacked a sense of coordination between the midfield and the attacking players, which proved costly as the English dominated the central part of the pitch.

India will try to do better against Canada to take second in the group standings and seal their route to the semi-finals.

The match kicks off at 3:30pm IST at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.

The live broadcast of the match will be available on the Sony network and on the Sony LIV application.

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