The only time India had managed to enter the semi-finals was back in 1974 in Mandelieu, France where they eventually finished fourth.
India’s face-off with Ireland, another team that were considered underdogs, was a nail-biting one with only a single goal by Reena Khokhar from India. Ireland’s defence proved to be hard to beat, with even penalty shots for India proving futile.
However, wishes still poured in for the Indian hockey team.
Well played #TeamIndia girls; you lost the game but won many hearts with your performance in the match that went down to the wire at the Quarter Finals of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 #HWC2018 #IndiaKaGame #OdishaForIndia #INDvIRE #HockeyForIndia
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) August 3, 2018
Women’s Hockey World Cup: India Lose To Ireland 3-1 In Penalty Shoot Off.
Indian Women Played World Cup After 8 Years And Lasted In Top 8. Well Tried. All The Best For Next Tournament. We’re Proud Of You. 👏🙏🇮🇳 #INDvIRE #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/tmwxTNAxYb
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) August 2, 2018
A big shout out to the Indian Women hockey team from @PandaJay!
You played well at the the Quarter Finals of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018.
No matter if you lost the game, you won many hearts with your fine performance. 👏
Keep up the good game! #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/CuYvvRAYxX
— Office of Jay Panda (@mp_office) August 3, 2018