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FIH Nations Cup: The Indian women’s hockey team defeated Spain 1-0 on Saturday in Valencia to claim the first-ever FIH Nations Cup. As a result, the team coached by Janneke Schopman has been elevated to the FIH Pro League 2023–24.

Every member of the team will receive a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh from Hockey India, and all of the support staff will receive Rs 1 lakh each.

India finished the tournament unbeaten and was also given a promotion to the FIH Hockey Women’s Pro League for the 2023–24 season. The Women’s FIH Nations Cup had its first season this year, and the winner received a promotion to the Women’s Pro League hockey the following season. Gurjit Kaur of India scored the game-winning goal in the opening frame.

Gurjit Kaur’s strong drag flick after a penalty corner in the fifth minute gave the Indian team, which earlier this year won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, an early lead in the summit match against the Spanish team.

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In the 41st minute, the host nation made a valiant effort and appeared to have cracked the Indian defence, which was captained by goalkeeper Savita Punia. The goal, though, was rejected.

Udita, who scored the winning goal against Ireland in the semifinal, was given a green card (a two-minute suspension) for a foul in the 45th minute, temporarily reducing the Indian team to ten players, but the Spanish team was unable to capitalise on the opportunity.

 

The crucial goal was scored by Gurjit Kaur in the sixth minute from a penalty corner, and the Commonwealth Games bronze medalists finished the eight-nation competition with five straight victories.

India finished the tournament undefeated, having won all five matches. The Indian team defeated Chile (3-1), Japan (2-1), and South Africa (2-0) in the group stage before defeating Ireland 2-1 in a penalty shootout in the semifinal.

After Australia and New Zealand pulled out due to COVID-19 issues, India and Spain played in the FIH women’s hockey Pro League 2021-22 season as replacement teams.

 

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