The Kiwis are known for their performance, and they gave their best. During the semi-finals, the New Zealand team went ahead and broke the Olympic record set up by Great Britain, but the latter came back stronger to defeat them in the finals.
The Indian men’s hockey team progressed to the quarter-finals in Olympics for the first time in 36 years. They had last qualified for it back in 1980 Moscow Games. India had lost 1-2 to the world No. 2, Netherlands. They are on the scoreboard in the third place with six points, four points behind Netherlands and Germany.
India got the chance to go ahead in the quarter-finals even after a loss because Ireland wouldn’t have been able to overtake their score with only one game left in the group stage. India had put up quite a performance against the Dutch with the excellent defense during the first half of the match.
After Netherland’s Rogier Hofman scored, India’s V.R Raghunath went on to score a penalty. Goalkeeper Sreejesh made some brilliant saves, but couldn’t stop Mink van der Weerden from scoring. India tried to level the scores, but Ramandeep Singh couldn’t fire a penalty corner with only 2:30 left on the clock.
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