London, July 30 (CNMSPORTS): India qualified for the playoffs of the quarter-finals in the Women's Hockey World Cup as they held higher-ranked United States 1-1 in their third and final Pool B match at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre here on Sunday.
The Indian team displayed great character and a solid defensive structure throughout the match to earn the draw as captain Rani Rampal (31st minute) cancelled out Margaux Paolino's 11th-minute goal.
With the first-placed team in the pool, Ireland advancing directly to the quarter-finals, england and India are certain to finish second and third -- thereby both securing a spot in the playoffs. Though the US have two points -- same as India and England -- the former is behind on goal difference. Ireland take on England later in the day.
India needed at least a draw against the US to keep their chances alive for the last eight stage after playing a draw against England before losing to Ireland.