India women's hockey team suffered a crushing 1-5 defeat in their first match at the hands of The Netherlands in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday.
Tokyo: India's women's hockey team suffered a 1-5 loss to the Netherlands in their opening match at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday.
After both India and the Netherlands scored 1-1 in the first 10 minutes of the match. However, in the second half of the game, the Netherlands completely opened fire and did not give the Indian team any chance to score.
India started the match on the back foot and the Netherlands took the lead in the sixth minute of the game. But India retaliated with a exceptional and one and only goal by skipper Rani Rampal in the 10th minute.
"Our women's #hockey team goes down to the Netherlands team in the opening match. The final score stands as 1-5. The solitary goal from us was scored by skipper @imranirampal." #Cheer4India @PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @NisithPramanik
In the second quarter of the match, no goals were scored as India and the Netherlands went into the third quarter with a tie of 1-1. In the third quarter, Netherlands get back on the match and scored three goals to sabotage India's chances of winning the game.
After smashing three consecutive goals, the confident Netherlands scored another goal as Caia van Maasakker scored in the 52nd minute. The Netherlands beat India 5-1 in the first match on Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday morning, Men's Team India started their campaign with a convincing win as they defeated New Zealand in a five-goal thriller in their Pool A match at the Tokyo Olympics. Thanks to Harmanpreet who scored two goals in 26th & 30th minutes respectively.
The Indian boys along with goalkeeper PR Sreejesh came when the team needed it the most.
With New Zealand pressing for a third goal and winning at least three penalty corners in the final minutes of the game, Sreejesh remained strong and saved all three to keep the New Zealanders away.
The Indian women's hockey team will next compete with Germany (26 July 2021), Great Britain (28 July 2021), Ireland (30 July 2021), and South Africa (31 July 2021) prior to the knockout stage which commences on August 2. While Men's team's second match will be against the formidable Australians on July 25, followed by the match against Spain on July 27 and Olympic Champions Argentina on July 29, and hosts Japan on July 30.