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Indian women lift Asia Cup Trophy; qualify for 2018 Hockey World Cup

Prime News, International, National, Hockey, Kakamigahara (Japan), November 6:-  Goalkeeper Savita produced a stunning save in a tense shootout as India won the Asia Cup to secure qualification in next year’s hockey World Cup following a nerve-wracking win over China in the final here on Sunday.

The team broke a 13-year-old jinx when skipper Rani scored the final goal and Savita foiled an attempt from the rivals to ensure a 5-4 win.

India had failed to qualify for the last World Cup and finished ninth in the 2010 edition.

Rani scored twice while Monica, Lilima Minz and Navjot scored a goal each in the shootout.

Earlier, it was Navjot Kaur who scored India’s lone goal in the 25th minute while China found a late equaliser through Tiantian Luo, who converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute.

It was in 2004 when the Indian women’s team had clinched the Asia Cup Trophy by beating Japan 1-0.

Savita was adjudged ‘Goalkeeper of the Tournament.’

The men’s team had also emerged Asia Cup Champions early this year.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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