Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian women's hockey team led by Rani Rampal was defeated by the defending champions Great Britain in a bronze medal match.
On Thursday, the Indian Men's Hockey team had won the bronze medal against Germany. With this loss, the Indian women's team finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, meanwhile, team Great Britain captured their third consecutive Olympic medal.
Great Britain started the match with a storming pace giving no chance whatsoever to the Indian forwards and in sequence creating very good opportunities for their forward line. But Indian goalkeeper Savita Punia rose to the occasion with some brilliant saves and made sure to lead the team goalless into the second quarter.
The GB team soon made their dominance count as in the second quarter after a brilliant run from the right flank by ES Rayer, they forced an own goal from Indian defender Deep Grace Ekka. Soon, the GB team doubled their lead via a beautiful pacy field goal by Sarah Robertson after Nisha got the green card.
Indian team then dramatically shifted their gears and scored two goals in quick succession -- both via penalty corners through Gurjit Kaur -- to level the match against Britain.
Drag flicker Gurjit struck both PC to the left of Maddy Hinch and defence, giving them no chance whatsoever to even react.
Vandana Katariya in the dying minutes of the first half gave the Indian team a very crucial lead with an absolute poacher of a finish after she latched on to a loose ball inside the D. India led Great Britain 3-2 going into the second half.