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Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

Indian women team failed to capitalise on two goal-scoring chances in the dying minutes of the match to suffer a 0-1 defeat at the hands of triple defending champions in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games, here today.

Desperate to neutralise the strike in the third quarter, India's recalled when only four minutes were left in the match but the players could not cash in on the chances that came their way.

Navneet missed out a sitter from a Monika-cross from the right flank while Rani could not slam in a through pass form Vanadana Kataria.

will now clash with England for a bronze medal.

The play was mostly restricted to India's half with dominating the contest with high ball possession.

The Indian team saved two back-to-back penalty corners in the early minutes of first after Vandana created a move inside the Australian striking circle but lacked support to pose a serious threat.

The Indian defense remained solid to keep an aggressive at bay, though, passing upfront was not fluent for the Rani-led team.

The hosts kept attacking the Indian half and missed a shot in front of the Indian goalpost but the Indians came out of the first unscathed.

Indian Savita deflected a furious hit from an Australian stick early into the second A yellow card to Navneet meant that Indian team was down to 10-women for five minutes.

The defending champions remained offensive, restricting the play to India's half but still could not penetrate the defense as the second too remained goal-less.

earned its third penalty corner of the match in the third but an onrushing Deep Grace Ekka foiled the attempt. Stewart broke the deadlock but tapping a high cross, straight into the Indian goal.

earned back-to-back penalty corners in the fourth but squandered both as the opportunity to score an equaliser went abegging. They got another PC but could not utilise.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 18:31 IST
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