Today’s match was not crucial for India as the quarter-finals had been confirmed earlier. But the Indian team, aiming for victory, saw Japan drown in goal rain. When Japan struggled without giving up, the way was paved for an exciting match. Gurjant Singh scored a double for India. The other goal scorers were Harmanpreet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma and Shamsher Singh.
Attacking from the start, India took a two-goal lead from the start. India took the lead in the 13th minute. Harmanpreet Singh scored for India from a penalty corner in favor of India. This is the athlete’s fourth goal in the Olympics. India then scored the second goal in the 17th minute through Gurjant Singh. However, the hosts fought back and scored a goal in the space of two minutes.
Both teams were trying to score. Meanwhile, at the start of the third quarter of the second half, Japan equalized in the 33rd minute with another goal. However, the Indian team increased their attack and retaliated with their third goal. Shamsir Singh gave India the lead through a field goal.
Later in the fourth quarter, India took the lead in the 51st minute through Nilakanta Sharma. With minutes left in the game, Gurjant scored India’s fifth goal in the 57th minute with his second goal to lift the lead again and eliminate the chance for Japan to return. Then, just moments before the end of the match, Japan scored another goal to reduce the deficit.
India have won four of their last five Pool A matches, losing just one. India started their hockey career with a 3-2 win over New Zealand. In the next match, India lost 1-7 to Australia but did not give up. India secured the quarterfinals by beating Spain 3-0 and Olympic champions Argentina 3-1.
Consolation win in women’s hockey, slight hope
Indian women make a strong comeback from consecutive defeats. India won their first match of the tournament by defeating Ireland by a goalless draw. With just three minutes left in the match, Navneet Kaur scored the winning goal for India.