- Indian men’s hockey team beat Japan 5-3
- Gurjant Singh scored the most two goals for Team India
- Harmanpreet Singh, Shamsher Singh and Neelkant Sharma scored a goal each.
The Indian men’s hockey team continued its success in the Tokyo Olympics. They defeated the top team of their group Japan 5-3 in the last match of the pool. Gurjant scored two goals for India, while Harmanpreet Singh, Shamsher and Neelkant Sharma scored one goal each. Team India, which has already entered the quarter-finals, displayed an aggressive game from the beginning of the match, due to which additional pressure was placed on the hosts.
India made a strong start in the first quarter of the match and took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute itself. Harmanpreet Singh scored for him through a penalty corner. This is Harmanpreet Singh’s fourth goal in this Olympics. This quarter completely went in India’s favor, while in the second quarter also he scored a goal. In the 17th minute, Gurjant scored a field goal on Simranjit Singh’s pass to give India a 2-0 lead. Here the Indian player badly dodged Japan’s defense.
However, Kenta Tanaka scored the first goal for Japan in the 19th minute. The ball that came from his stick got into the goal past, hitting Birender Lakra. Thus in the second quarter both the teams scored 1-1. India were leading 2-1 over Japan at half time.
There were also two goals in the third quarter. One was done by India, while the other was named after the host Japan. Japan equalized India in the 31st minute, but soon after, India once again took the lead. Kota Watanabe scored for Japan and Shamsher scored the third goal for India. For India in the fourth and final quarter, Neelkanth caught the ball in the net in the 51st minute to give India a big 4-2 lead.
The last goal for India came off Gurjant’s stick. He scored this goal from a penalty corner in the 56th minute, however, Japan also did not give up till the end and Murata scored 5-3 in the 59th minute. Japan could not take the lead by the stipulated time and had to face defeat.