Tokyo Olympics: India advances into the semi-finals of the men’s hockey after 41 years, beating Britain 3-1

India has survived to advance to the semifinals of the men’s hockey at the Tokyo Olympics in 41 years defeating Great Britain 3-1 in the last quarterfinal fixture on Sunday. They will face Belgium next.

India beat Great Britain 3-1 to set up the clash against Belgium at the semifinals. The Blues have managed to reach the Olympics semifinals for the first time in 41 years.

Indians started with an early lead at the 7th minute of the first quarter where Dilpreet Singh who appeared in his 50th game for the Indian men’s hockey team scored the first goal to empower his side.

The goalkeeper had been stunning in the game throughout and saved many crucial shots. At minute 12′, Britain’s Sam Ward tried for an equaliser but Sreejesh managed to keep the clean sheet with his brilliant save.

After a dominating first quarter, Indians scored their second goal into the 16th minute of the start of the second quarter where Gurjant without a mistake converted Hardik Singh’s pass and doubled the scoreline for his side right into the opponent’s net.

The men in blue stepped into the third quarter with a two-goal advantage but Britain at the 45th minute took away the clean sheet from the Indians and scored. They tried for an equaliser two minutes later but it was saved by Sreejesh yet again followed by another brilliant save of the opponents at the 50th minute.

Hardik Singh expanded India’s score for the third goal by his second attempt after a great run at 57th minute to make it 3-1. The British team failed to survive and that’s how the match ended in favour of Manpreet Singh’s team.

 

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