Tokyo Olympics: India Women’s team’s dream run has been ended as they lost to Argentina 1-2 in the semifinal od the Olympics 2020.
The Indian women’s hockey team put up a excellent display of skill and fighting spirit during their semifinal match against World No.5 Argentina at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
The Indian player, Gurjit Kaur gave India the much important lead early in the semifinal match by converting a penalty corner. However,Indian women emerged second best. But the women’s hockey team lost 1-2 to Argentina in the end.
The Argentina skipper, Noel Barrionuevo scored her second goal today to put them on top against India in the women’s hockey semi-final match.
The Rani Rampal-led Indian side will now have to face the Great Britain in the bronze medal match scheduled on Friday. On the other hand, Argentina will be taking on the Netherlands in the gold medal match on the same day.
India tried very hard to make it count in the fourth and final quarter, But, Argentina players negated all the efforts of the Indian team and entered the finals of the women’s hockey event in the showpiece event.
Earlier on Monday, the Indian women’s hockey team made history at the Oi Hockey Stadium — North Pitch — as they qualified for the semifinals of the Olympics for the first time in history after defeating Australia by 1-0 margin.
Argentina defeated Germany for 3-0 in their quarter-final earlier on Monday.
India played 7 matches there and the first two against the Argentine youth team, in which the visitors drew 2-2 and 1-1. After that, India then played two matches against Argentina’s B team and lost both 1-2 and 2-3 respectively.
India captain Rani on Tuesday said
that the win over Australia is a thing of the past and their focus is on the remaining two games in the Olympics hockey competition.
“We made history by just reaching the semifinals and now we are looking forward to the semifinals, because we don’t want to just finish here,” Rani had said. “In this tournament there’s two more games left for winning medals,” she said.