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Junior Hockey World Cup semifinal: India vs Netherlands - All you need to know

Lalremsiami and Salima Tete have produced excellent performances for India at the Junior Hockey World Cup Hockey India

The last time India played the Netherlands at the Women's Hockey Junior World Cup (in 2013), they suffered a 3-0 defeat in the semifinals. India ended the tournament with a bronze medal, their best ever result, while the Dutch went on to win the trophy.

This time, India will look to get a positive result in the semifinals against the same opposition and book a spot in the final for the first time in their history.

Here's all you need to know about the semifinal between India and the Netherlands:

When's the match: April 10, Sunday, 5 pm.

Where to watch: Live on Watch Hockey and Fancode.

India's progress so far

Salima Tete and co. qualified for the semifinals after beating South Korea 3-0. Surprisingly, South Korea dominated the opening 10 minutes of the first quarter but India gained control thereafter and scored two quick goals in the next four minutes. India added another in the third quarter to complete the win.

India made it to the quarters after topping Group D with nine points from three games. They opened their campaign beating Wales 5-1 and followed it up with a 2-1 win against Germany. In their final group game, India continued their streak with a 4-0 win over Malaysia.

Netherlands' form

Like India, the Netherlands are unbeaten in their four matches. However, their goal-scoring form has been on another level. In four matches so far, they've scored 43 goals, without conceding any. They won their opening match of the tournament 9-0 against the United States of America. They defeated Canada 11-0 and went on to score 18 against Zimbabwe. In the quarterfinal, the Netherlands scored another five to beat South Africa.

Obviously, scoring stats for the tournament are dominated by Dutch players. The top two goal-scorers in the tournament are Jip Dicke and Luna Fokke. Dicke has racked up 12 goals while Fokke has 10 to her name. The third highest goal-scorer in the tournament is Mumtaz Khan of India, who has scored six so far.

Netherlands have also scored 16 goals from the penalty corners, the most by any team.

Netherlands' performance in the quarterfinal

Netherlands' performance in the quarterfinal: The final scoreline read 5-0 to the Dutch but it didn't tell the full story. Hosts South Africa pushed their opponents throughout the match. As expected, the Netherlands took an early lead, but South Africa were not dispirited by it. Backed by the vociferous crowd in the stadium, the home team were the more attacking of the teams. Bianca Wood and Onthatile Zulu caused enough trouble for the Dutch defence but were unable to convert their chances.

Dutch goalkeeper Sophia ter Kuile needed to be at her best, pulling off a fantastic double save, first from the penalty corner and then saving the follow-up. As the game progressed, South Africa failed to take their opportunities while the Netherlands did the exact opposite, which proved to be the difference.

After the match, Netherlands head coach Dave Smolenaars noted that his team needed to improve. "The start was a bit doubtful but in the second-half we were more effective. We were tested by a very energetic team from South Africa. We need to improve more because India has a really good team. We must improve every aspect of our play. South Africa were good on the counter, and India will do that too," said Smolenaars

So, how can India hurt the Netherlands?

Both teams have been effective when it comes to converting their chances. India have the added advantage of having played a strong team like Germany in the group stage and beating them. It was a gritty performance against Germany, with India scoring early and defending well to thwart waves of attack.

They will have to put up a similar performance in the semis. India's biggest strength has been their clinical display in front of goal. They haven't been wasteful so far and they can't afford to reverse that trend in a crucial game. India also have pace in their ranks with the likes of Salima Tete, Sharmila Devi and Lalremsiami, and as the Dutch coach pointed out, counter-attack will be a big threat.

The Dutch will go into the match as favourites thanks to their history and stats, but it will be their first real test in the tournament. India have the gameplan and the players to make a big impact.