Tokyo Olympics: Indian women’s hockey team defeats world No. 2 Australia to advance into the Olympic semifinal for the first time in history

Indian women hockey team created history at the Tokyo Olympics by advancing to the semifinal for the first time defeating world number two Australia 1-0 on Monday. Gurjit Kaur scored the only goal.

Indian women’s hockey team attempts a big upset by knocking out world number one Australia to progress to the semifinal for the first time in history. They beat them 1-0 in the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. Gurjit Kaur scored the only goal of the game for India.


Australia who was among for their first medal since their victory in Sydney in the year 2000 had a chance in the last five minutes of the game. They utilized their Video referral and were provided with a Penalty Corner but the Women in Blue managed to keep their shot away from the net.

India kept the opponents under difficulty with their strong defence and the Australians’ attack were not enough to pass past the defenders and score. Savita Punia’s team supervised to keep the 1-0 lead unchanged.

The first quarter ended goalless draw while in the second, Gurjit Kaur scored with a Penalty Corner to keep her side ahead of the opposition from one goal difference and this stayed intact for the entire game.

Meanwhile, Argentina is the first team who arrived at the semifinal beating Germany by 3-0. They beat the Germans to advance to the semis for the first time since 2012.

India’s Starting XI: Savita (GK), Rani (C), Gurjit Kaur, Deep Grace Ekka, Udita, Nisha, Neha, Monika, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya.