New Delhi: The Indian Women’s hockey team on Wednesday lost 1-4 against Great Britain in the third match at the Tokyo Olympics, its third consecutive loss in the event. The Indians were very wasteful in their chances which came back to bite them as their more clinical opponents dominated the game.
With this loss, India now needs to win its two remaining games to have any chance of qualifying for the next round.
Britain started the game brilliantly as Hannah Martin scored the opener within two minutes of the game.
They kept up the pressure and it took a brilliant save from Savita in the Indian goal to keep the score at 1-0.
Following this, the Indians started to have some possession of the ball as they launched attacks into their opponents’ goal.
However, the forward line lacked the finishing touch which has been the case with this team throughout the Olympics.
India had back-to-back penalty corners but Gurjeet Kaur failed to convert either of the two chances.
Moreover, Britain exploited the huge spaces left by the Indian defense as Martin grabbed her second four minutes after the start of the second quarter.
India too had their moments in the match and from their third penalty corner, Sharmila pulled one back for her side. Sharmila was nicely deflected in Gurjit’s flick as India executed a great routine to reduce the gap.
The goal pumped up the Indians as they mounted attacks in numbers thereafter and managed to secure another penalty corner minutes later but wasted the chance. Seconds from halftime,
Sharmila was denied by Great Britain goalkeeper Madeleine Hinch as India went into the breather trailing 1-3.
The Indians came out attacking in the third quarter and enjoyed the better share of possession. They earned three more penalty corners in succession just a minute after resumption but wasted all.
A minute later, Great Britain got a penalty corner but Savita came to India’s rescue.
India got another set piece in the third quarter but the result was same. Great Britain punished India soon when Owsley scored from the team’s third penalty corner.
It was a contentious goal as India asked for a referral citing a dangerous ball, which seemed to be the case in TV replays, but the TV umpire didn’t find any justification to change the decision.
The third goal broke India’s momentum as Great Britain enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the final quarter and in the process secured two more penalty corners, the second of which resulted in a stroke and Balsdon made no mistake in drawing the final nail in India’s coffin.
India had earlier lost 1-5 to world no.1 the Netherlands before slumping to a 0-2 defeat against Germany. Rani Rampal’s side will next play Ireland on Friday.