For the first time since 2009, India managed to make it into the Asia Cup women’s hockey final and this time, made the best of the opportunity to edge the Chinese side in a shootout to win 5-4 and secure qualification for next year’s hockey World Cup.
+Congratulations To The Indian Women's Hockey Team For Securing A Hattrick Of Victories At The Hockey Asia Cup 👏+— ARNAB KUMAR DUTTA (@ThePrinceARNAB) October 31, 2017
#asiacuphockey2017 Women's hockey Asia cup 2017 japan, India beat khasikistan 7-1 to enter semi finals— chinna 🇮🇳 (@Kbk60131305) November 2, 2017
India’s momentum was building up ever since defeating defending champions Japan 4-2 in the semi-final and China 4-1 before that, in the group stages.
Congratulations. Blue is beautiful. Jai Ho. 🇮🇳— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) November 5, 2017
Indian women's hockey team wins Asia Cup after 13 years https://t.co/tpkBnxERzv
Congratulations to Indian Womens Hockey team. You are awesome #ChakDeIndia— Deepika Bhardwaj (@DeepikaBhardwaj) November 6, 2017
Things started out rather tense for the Indian side however, with advantage going to China as India conceded a penalty corner in the second minute of the game after a stick check in the circle.
Congratulations to Indian women for beating china in hockey Asia cup 2017!! Chak de india🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮 you make us feel proud 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮 #womenpower— Ashutosh Tiwari (@Ashutos94204061) November 5, 2017
After that however, Deep Grace cleared the ball, supported by some steady padding from goalkeeper Savita. Additionally, Indian forwards Navneet Kaur and Vandana launched an attack that was unfortunately foiled by an attentive Wang Na for the Chinese side, who then went on to win their second PC but a flick by Meiyu Liang was deftly padded by Savita.
After ending the first quarter in a stalemate, India kept the pressure on China, with Navjot Kaur securing India’s solitary goal in the 25th minute. India began the third quarter with some positivity and persisted through it admirably but a second goal played hard-to-get.
India Beat China In The Finals 5-4 In the Penalty Shootout Of Womens Hockey #AsiaCup2017— ☫SINGH ਰਾਜਪੂਤ☬🇮🇳 (@HatindersinghR) November 5, 2017
Now Both Mens & Womens Trophy Stands With India.
The match was ultimately decided by shootouts where India scored every goal while China missed one. The shootout was highlighted by a marvellous save by goalkeeper Savita, who deservingly bagged the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award.
Asia Cup Hockey: India Women's Team Beats China To Lift Title After 13 Years— Anupriya Sharma (@heregoesAnu) November 5, 2017
"Chak de India Phir Se"— Janwin Pinto (@GenuinelyJanwin) November 6, 2017
Congratulations Indian Women Team for winning the Hockey Asia Cup. #ChakDe