A controversial penalty shootout blunder has helped Australia sink India to advance into the ladies’s hockey gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games.
After scores had been locked 1-1 at fulltime in Friday night time’s semi-final, the Hockeyroos triumphed 3-0 within the shootout.
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After Rebecca Greiner scored within the tenth minute, the Hockeyroos held sway till a late India leveller with simply 11 minutes remaining within the semi-final.
And so, the match went to a nail-biting penalty shootout, which started in a blaze of controversy.
Australia’s Ambrosia Malone took the primary shot and missed.
However in a baffling clanger, Malone was gifted a second try as a result of the eight second countdown clock on the scoreboard hadn’t been activated.
“When they called the retake, I was thanking the universe for a second chance,” Malone mentioned.
“I knew all of India would hate me if I put it in.
“But I was just trying to think about my team and that final and I said to myself ‘if I get a second chance at this, I’m not missing it’.
“I felt for India at the time. But all our other girls got our shootouts in so it’s not like that one shootout was the be all and end all.”
Malone transformed her second try and her teammates Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton additionally scored, earlier than the Hockeyroos’ penalty professional goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram, who was introduced on for the shootout, refused to let the rattled Indian gamers rating.
Channel 7 commentator Alister Nicholson slammed the farcical passage of play that gave Australia the additional shootout purpose and all of the momentum.
“The clock may not have started, but it was perfectly obvious that Rosie Malone was not scoring,” Nicholson mentioned in commentary.
“That is embarrassing. “That would be a national outrage if that happened to Australia.”
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Former Hockeyroos star Georgie Parker felt for the miffed Indians.
“It’s the most incredible way to win; most heartbreaking way to lose,” she mentioned in commentary for Channel 7.
Properly after the consequence was within the books, Nicholson and Parker had been nonetheless making an attempt to course of what had simply taken place.
“Your heart is still racing, having witnessed what took place,” Nicholson mentioned after the match.
“We’d only just got over the first semi-final that went to a shootout.
“That decision to award a retake; that’s going to take a lot for India to digest. I know Australia was very clean in the aftermath of that, but there’s a psychological difference.
“I mean, how on earth could you not start the clock? That is absolute amateur hour.”
Parker agreed, however mentioned India wanted to place it behind them, and so they failed to take action.
“Absolutely,” Parked agreed.
“But it happens, and India had to regroup and regather, and they didn’t.”
Elsewhere, England additionally secured their spot within the remaining with 2-0 shootout triumph towards New Zealand after a scoreless stalemate, establishing a mouth-watering remaining between the 2 main nations on the gold medal tally.
Sunday’s remaining would be the third time Australia have met England within the gold medal match – the Hockeyroos have received each and have 4 Commonwealth titles within the six accomplished editions of the Games.
In Friday’s semi-final, the Australian exacted a semblance of belated revenge on the Indians for knocking them out of final 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics at the quarter-final stage.
The Australians suffered an early blow when defender Karri Somerville was pressured off seven minutes in when copping a nasty ricochet on her proper cheekbone.
However simply three minutes later, the Hockeyroos struck when a Mariah Williams darted alongside the left flank and launched a slick cross which was neatly deflected in by Greiner at the far submit.
India virtually squared scores 9 minutes into the second quarter when Sangita Kumari discovered area contained in the attacking circle and shot, however Australian goalkeeper Aleisha Energy instinctively blocked the try with a reflex left-footed save.
The Australians continued to press for a second purpose within the third time period however went unrewarded regardless of a interval of sustained assault punctuated by 4 consecutive penalty corners.
The scores remained 1-0 at the final change with Australia chalking up 22 attacking circle entries to simply seven from India.
Early within the remaining quarter, Stephanie Kershaw sliced by way of India’s midfield and launched, just for her shot to be saved.
And towards the stream within the forty ninth minute, India equalised when Vandana Katariya deflected into the web from close-range – the primary purpose the Australians conceded within the Games.
– With AAP
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