The Indian women’s hockey team have made history on Monday as they defeated Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals to secure entry into their first ever Olympics semifinal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
The solo scorer of the match was defender Gurjit Kaur who struck her maiden Olympic goal in the 22nd minute to put India in the lead, scoring from a penalty corner, which was the first time India scored as well as the Aussies conceded through a PC.
The match started with a superb chance for the Hockeyroos as Ambrosia Malone hit the post with the Indian defenders clearing the rebound. Within minutes, the Nabhvarna were the ones hitting the post as skipper Rani Rampal failed to find the back of the goal.
The second quarter saw Gurjit’s brilliant goal as she beat Aussie goalkeeper Rachael Lynch with a stunning drag flick. However, minutes after taking the lead, India were down to 10 players with Monika Malik receiving a green card.
Australia received a penalty corner in the third quarter but failed to convert it into a goal. Minutes later, Mariah Williams made an attempt to equalize but Indian keeper Savita nulled the chance.
The Aussies started to create chances after chances in the fourth quarter with Savita’s cautions watch helping India to maintain their lead.
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