Junior World Cup as it happened: Netherlands beat India to enter final

Hockey India

India couldn't fulfil their dream of making it to their first Women's Hockey Junior World Cup final as they lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in the semifinal in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Goals from Tessa Beetsma (11), Luna Fokke (52) and Jip Dicke (53) ensured the Dutch earned a deserving win to qualify for the final in an attempt to win their fourth world title.

India started well in the opening quarter, enjoying as many as three chances but failed to take the opportunities. Mumtaz Khan came close but her shot hit the post. The Dutch then grew into the game and opened the scoring with a superb team goal.

The final shot came off Beetsma but almost all the Dutch players were involved in the build-up. They moved the ball covering the entire pitch twice with 18 passes before Beetsma scored from inside the circle.

Beetsma quickly added another goal but it was ruled out because it was a back-stick shot.

After the opening goal, the Dutch took control of the game. They didn't lose the possession easily and kept attacking from the flanks. The second quarter was a cagey affair but the Dutch completely dominated the proceedings in the third quarter. Goalkeeper Bichu Devi made one good save but the Dutch missed scoring at least thrice because lack of the final pass.

Somehow, India managed to stay in the game after three quarters. But their hopes of a comeback were crushed in the final quarter with the Dutch scoring two quick goals. Luna Fokke scored her 11th goal of the tournament in the 52nd minute while Jip Dicke scored her 13th of the tournament. Both were brilliant field goals but the second goal stood out as Fokke scored after a superb pass from Noor Omrani.

The Dutch will play the winners of Germany vs England in the final while India will be in contention for the bronze medal on Tuesday.

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