The Indian women’s hockey team has made history at the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s hockey team has made it to the semi-finals for the first time. India beat Australia 1-0 in the quarter finals. This is only the third time the women’s team has entered the Olympics.
The women’s hockey team had earlier placed 12th in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 1980, the team was ranked fourth. However, there were no semi-final matches at that time. The top three teams were decided based on their performance in the pool matches. Earlier in the day, the Indian men’s hockey team also reached the semi-finals and maintained its medal hopes.
In fact, the Indian women’s team got off to a good start in this match. However, both India and Australia failed to score in the first quarter. But for India, Gurjeet Kaur scored on a penalty corner in the 22nd minute to give India a 1-0 lead. The score remained the same at half time.
No goals were scored in the third quarter and the Indian team was leading 1-0. In the fourth quarter, the Australian team attacked strongly and also won two consecutive corners. Australia won a total of nine penalty corners in the match, but could not score. The Indian team got only one corner and scored a goal to secure the victory.
The Indian women’s team, however, did not make a good start in Tokyo. The team suffered a major defeat in the first three matches. It looked like the team would be knocked out of the tournament. But then the team made a strong comeback in the tournament.