Indian Hockey Team: The Indian team thrashed hosts Japan 5-3 in the last match of Pool A on Friday. Japan’s team was the weakest team in this group and now they are out of the Olympics. India won 4 matches in the pool round. This is the first time in 49 years that Team India has won 4 matches in the group stage. Apart from Japan, India defeated New Zealand, Spain and Argentina during this period.
India Finished Second in Pool A
However, India lost 7-1 to Australia. Argentina’s team has been the gold medalist of the Rio Olympics. India finished second in their group behind Australia. Top 4 teams from both the groups will advance to the next round. Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and South Africa are in Pool B.
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Great Performance Against Japan
Gurjant Singh scored the maximum 2 goals for India in the match against Japan. He scored in the 17th and 56th minutes. Apart from this, Harmanpreet Singh scored 13th, Shamsher Singh 34th and Neelkant Sharma scored in the 51st minute. For Japan, Kenta Tanaka scored in the 19th minute, Kota Watanabe in the 33rd minute and Kazuma Murata in the 59th minute. Indian Hockey Team.
Won 4 Matches in Pool Leg for the First Time Since 1972
This is the first time since 1972 that the Indian team has won 4 or more matches in the pool stage. In the 1972 Olympics, India won 5 out of 7 matches in the pool stage. After this, India could not win more than 3 matches in the group stage till the 2016 Olympics. From 1984 to 2016, the Indian team had never won more than 2 matches in the group stage.
No Medals in Hockey After 1980 Moscow Olympics
India had already secured their place in the quarter-finals by winning against Argentina. Now with this victory, he will enter the last-8 match with increased morale. India won the gold medal in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, after that it has not won any medal.
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India Won 8 Gold Medals in Men’s Hockey
India has won the most medals in Olympics in men’s hockey. The team won gold medals in the 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964 and 1980 Olympics. Apart from this, he won silver in 1960 and bronze medal in 1968 and 1972.
Meet the Third Team of Pool-B in the Quarter Finals
In the quarter-finals, World No.4 India will face the third-placed team in Pool-B. Teams from Netherlands, Great Britain and Germany are involved in this race. These three teams have managed to win 2 out of their 4-4 matches in Pool B so far. India’s record against all these teams has not been very good in the last 30 years.