The Indian women's hockey team managed to beat China in the final of the Asia Cup 2017 to clinch the title. The team scored gold medal after 13 long years after beating China 5-4 at Kakamigahara in Japan on Sunday. The team broke a 13-year-old jinx. This is India's second title in the history of the tournament. Earlier, India finished on the first position in the year 2004 when they had beaten Japan in New Delhi for the trophy. Besides, with this win, the team qualified for next year's Hockey World Cup.
The 'Women in Blue' edged out their Chinese counterparts in the shoot-out and the match ended 1-1 at the end of normal time. India went ahead, thanks to Navjot Kaur, who scored the opening goal of the final in the 25th minute through a field goal. Kaur finished the tournament with five goals to her name, while the Indian team remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.
But China hit back in the 47th minute as Tiantian Luo slammed a counter fire from the penalty corner to make it 1-1. The match headed into the penalty shoot-out, but here too the teams were neck and neck at 4-4. Rani Rampal was the one to hit the winning shot and China missed theirs, giving India a thrilling 5-4 win.
The triumph of the Indian women's team comes two weeks after the Indian men's team lifted the Asia Cup beating Malaysia in the final. One cannot deny the fact that Indian women were literally riding on captain Rani Rampal's positivity and perfect play.South Korea secured third place with a 1-0 win over Japan earlier in the day.