Tokyo Olympics: India women’s hockey team beat 3-time Olympic champions Australia, enters semi-final

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Tokyo Olympics: On the tenth day of the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian women’s hockey team creates history by defeating Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals.

For the first time in its Olympic history, India has qualified for the semifinals.

Gurjit Kaur scored from a penalty corner in the 22nd minute of the game to give India the win.

With a fantastically tough effort, the world no. 9 women’s side also scripted history.

The odds were stacked against India going into the match, as world no. 2 Australia, a formidable unbeaten opponent, awaited them in the remaining four rounds.

The win occurred just one day after the men’s hockey team qualified for the semifinals.

India’s women’s team placed fourth in Pool A with six points, following back-to-back victories over Ireland and South Africa.

Each pool’s top four teams advanced to the elimination round.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Indian women’s hockey team made history by becoming the first Indian team to qualify for the Olympic Games semifinals, defeating three-time winners Australia.

The Indian women’s hockey team’s greatest performance in the Olympics occurred in 1980, when they finished fourth out of six teams in Moscow.

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Only six teams competed in that edition, with India finishing fourth in a round-robin style with no classification or elimination matches.

The Indian women also staged a stunning comeback after losing their first three matches against the Netherlands, Germany, and the defending champions Great Britain.

India defeated higher-ranked Ireland 1-0 and also overwhelming South Africa 4-3 and enters into quarter-final.

Meanwhile, India will face world no.5 Argentina in Semi-Final at 10 am on 4th of August.

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