Tokyo Olympics, Hockey: Indian women's hockey team beat Australia in semi-finals for the first time - Newztezz Online


Monday, August 2, 2021

Tokyo Olympics, Hockey: Indian women's hockey team beat Australia in semi-finals for the first time

Tokyo Olympics: Indian women's hockey team has created history. 
The team has managed to make it to the semi-finals of the Olympics for the first time. The team defeated Australia 1-0. The team will now face Argentina in the semi-finals on 4 August.

Tokyo. Indian women's hockey team has created history in the Olympics. The team has made it to the semi-finals for the first time. India beat Australia 1-0 in the quarter-finals. The women's team is entering the Olympics for only the third time. The team finished 12th in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Apart from this, in 1980, the team was at number four. Although there were no semi-final matches at that time. The top-3 teams were decided on the basis of the performance of the pool matches. Earlier, the Indian men's team has also kept its medal hope alive by reaching the semi-finals.

Indian women's team started well in the match. However, both India and Australia could not score in the first quarter. Gurjit Kaur scored a penalty corner in the 22nd minute to give India a 1-0 lead. The score remained the same till half time. There were no goals in the third quarter as well and the Indian team was ahead 1-0. In the fourth quarter, Australia's team attacked strongly and also got two consecutive corners. She got a total of 9 penalty corners in the match, but she could not score on it. The Indian team got only one corner and scored a goal on it and ensured victory.

Three consecutive wins after three losses

The Indian women's team, however, could not get off to a good start in Tokyo. The team had suffered a major defeat in the first three matches. The Netherlands won 5-1, Germany 2-0 and Britain 4-1. In such a situation, it seemed that the team would be out of the tournament. After this the team made a strong comeback. First they registered their first win by defeating Ireland 1–0 in a struggling match. Then the Indian team defeated South Africa 4-3 and made it to the quarter-finals. Now by defeating Australia, the team secured a place in the semi-finals. The team will take on Argentina in the semi-finals on 4 August. Argentina defeated Germany 3–0 in the first quarter-final.

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