Indian Men’s hockey team defeated team Germany in the bronze medal match and ended the 41-year long wait for an Olympic medal in hockey for India. The last medal (gold) which Team India secured in Hockey was in the 1980 Moscow Games.
Team Germany had taken an early lead in the match. German Timur Oruz scored in the second minute of the first quarter to take a lead by 1-0 over the Indians.
Indian Simranjeet Singh scored a goal at the 17th minute to level the score with the Germans by 1-1. In the second quarter, Germany made a comeback by scoring 2 goals and taking a 3-1 lead over India.
The Indian team scored a goal in the 2nd quarter but was still behind the Germans by 1 goal. However, Harmanpreet Singh yet again found a way back to the nets and leveled the score by 3-3 at the end of the 2nd quarter.
The 3rd quarter was the best quarter for the Indian team as Rupinder Pal Singh scored a goal on his penalty stroke to give India a lead of 4-3 over the opponents.
India, have #Bronze Day today!
The medal days are back as the Indian Men’s Hockey team bring back home our first #Olympics Hockey medal in 41 years. Bravo boys🙌 #RukengeNahi #EkIndiaTeamIndia #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/5AXEaF1EYZ
— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) August 5, 2021
Simarjeet Kaur also scored his second goal of the match during the 3rd quarter to give India a stunning lead of 5-3 over the Germans.
The Germans tried their best in the 4th and the last quarter of the match and even scored a goal. But the beautiful defense by Team India in the last quarter helped them keep their 1 goal lead intact.
At the very last minute of the game, Germany was awarded a penalty corner but PR Sreejesh repelled the ball away from the goal post, creating history for the Indians as the Indian hockey team won the bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Team India registered a win over Team Germany by 5-4 to win the match at the Oi Hockey Stadium. The pure emotions and joy could clearly be witnessed on the faces of the players and the coaches after the historic victory.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 5, 2021