The dream of the Indian women’s hockey team reaching the finals of the Olympics for the first time has been shattered. Argentina defeated India 2-1 in the semi-final match played on Wednesday. Gurjit Kaur scored the only goal for India in the second minute. At the same time, captain Maria Barrionuevo (18th and 36th minutes) scored both goals for Argentina. Now India will face Great Britain on Friday for the bronze medal. The Indian men’s hockey team has also lost its semi-final match and will fight for the bronze against Germany on Thursday.
The first quarter was entirely in the name of the Indian team. In the second minute of the match, India got a penalty corner, which was converted into a goal by drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur to give India a 1-0 lead. After this, the Argentine team also got a penalty corner in the eighth minute, but the Indian defense foiled this opportunity.
Argentina’s team made a great comeback in the second quarter. Argentina got a penalty corner in the 18th minute of the game, which captain Maria Noel Barrioneuvo put in the goal post to level the team 1-1. After this, the Indian team got two penalty corners in the second quarter, but it could not score.
Argentina took a 2–1 lead in the third quarter when a penalty corner was converted once again by captain María Barrionnevo. In the third quarter, the Indian team could not get a single penalty corner.
In the seventh minute of the fourth quarter, Neha gave India a penalty corner, but Gurjit Kaur could not score on this occasion. In the last minute of the game, Navneet Kaur also had a chance to take the match into a penalty shootout by scoring a goal. But the Argentine goalkeeper did not allow Navneet to score while defending brilliantly.
The Indian women’s team was placed in Group A along with Netherlands, Germany, Britain, Ireland and South Africa. At the same time, teams from Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Japan, China and Spain were included in Group B. All the teams played each other and the top four teams from both the groups advanced to the quarter finals. India finished fourth in their group with two wins and three losses.
The women’s team’s campaign in Tokyo began with three consecutive defeats to the Netherlands, Germany and defending champions Britain, but made a spectacular comeback to beat South Africa 4-3 after beating higher-ranked Ireland 1-0. Defeated and maintained himself in the race. India’s place in the last eight was ensured after Britain beat Ireland 2-0 in the final match of Pool A. Then in the quarter-finals, the Indian team defeated Australia 1-0 and made it to the semi-finals.