In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, India’s women’s hockey team pulled off a big shock by defeating favorites Australia.
After defeating World No. 2 Australia 1-0 on Monday, the Indian women’s hockey team made history by reaching their first-ever Olympic quarterfinal. Gurjit Kaur scored India’s lone goal from the penalty corner to advance India to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics final four.
After finishing first in their group, Australia entered the quarterfinals as heavy favorites against India. In the group round, India had lost their first three games before staging a remarkable comeback against Ireland (1-0) and South Africa (4-3) in the last two games.
India surprised everyone by dominating the first half of the game against Australia, making several incursions into the circle and almost grabbing the lead when Vandana Katariya and Rani Rampal matched up inside the D. The Indian captain, on the other hand, just missed the net, instead of hitting the goalpost.
With a solid defense, India continued to thwart Australian assaults, not providing large lanes for the Australian attackers to play in.
India ultimately seized the lead with a penalty corner in the 22nd minute of the second quarter. In their group game against Ireland, India had failed to convert 17 penalty corners but scored with their first against Australia, who had not surrendered a PC till this point in the 2020 Olympics.
Following the score, Australia took control of the game, launching a torrent of assaults on the Indian squad. India kept their shape and continued to frustrate the Australian attackers. Australia had had ten attempts on goal by the 45th minute, but strong defensive performance, as well as vital saves from goalie Savita, kept them out.
Australia had most of the ball possession in the fourth quarter, while India resumed their defensive strategy. Early in the quarter, the ladies in blue saved two consecutive penalty corners as Australia’s problems inside the circle persisted.
The pressure was unrelenting on the Indians in the last eight minutes of the game, with Australia securing four more penalty corners but unable to break through the Indian defense’s determination.
In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, India’s women’s hockey team will meet Argentina in the semifinals.