Argentina scored the second goal in the 36th minute of the match and took a 2-1 lead in the match. Argentina managed to maintain this lead till the end.
The Indian women’s hockey team has suffered a defeat in the semi-final match. With this, the long cherished dream of the Indian hockey team to reach the final of the Olympics has been shattered. Indian women’s hockey team appeared in tremendous form in the first half of the match and Gurjeet Kaur scored a goal for the team in the second minute of the match. However, Team India could not maintain its lead for long and Argentina levelled with the lead by scoring a goal at the 18th minute. After this, the world number two team scored the second goal in the 36th minute of the match and took a 2-1 lead in the match. Argentina managed to maintain this lead till the end. Despite the defeat, the Indian team will play a match to win the bronze medal.
India dominated Argentina in the first two quarters and played a consistent attacking game, but in the second half Argentina appeared to be repeatedly testing the Indian defense and in the 36th minute of the match the team finally took a 2-1 lead. The Indian team got penalty corners many times, but the Indian players failed to take advantage of it.
On the other hand, the Indian men’s hockey team also lost to Belgium in their semi-final match. The dream of the Indian women’s team led by coach Sjoerd Marijne to win a gold medal for the first time has definitely remained unfulfilled with this defeat.
The Tokyo Olympics did not start well for the Indian women’s hockey team and the team lost its first three matches, but then the team, under the captaincy of Rani Rampal, made a strong comeback and recorded three consecutive wins in the semifinals. The Indian team’s previous best performance was at the Moscow Olympics in 1980 when it finished fourth out of six teams. The women’s hockey team made its Olympic debut that year and the matches were played on a round-robin basis.
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