The Indian women’s hockey team suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Australia in the semifinals of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday, with an otherwise fantastic match between two superb sides marred by a controversial decision towards the end.
Australia took the lead in the first quarter but India kept pushing and eventually found the equaliser in the fourth quarter, with Sushila Chanu playing a wonderful pass and Vandana Katariya deflecting the ball into the goal.
The match then went to a shootout and that’s when things took an unfortunate turn for the Indian team.
Ambrosia Malone stepped up to take Australia’s first shot but her effort was blocked by India captain and goalkeeper Savita Punia. However, in what turned out to be an extremely controversial moment, the officials asked Australia’s first shot to be retaken. Each player gets eight seconds to complete their shot and the officials stated their timer clock hadn’t started on time. Lalremsiami was about to take the shot to put India 1-0 up but she was sent back. Malone then stepped forward again and this time, she found the back of the net.
Amy Lawton and Kaitlin Nobbs scored as well as India’s Lalremsiami, Neha Goyal and Navneet Kaur missed their chances, with Australia…