On the third day of the medal events at the Tokyo Olympics, Team India had to face the second consecutive defeat in women’s hockey as Germany beats India by 2-0. Nike Lorenz and Anne Schroder scored 1-1 goal each. India also got a penalty stroke against Germany, but Gurjit Kaur could not capitalize on it. Earlier in Pool-A, Netherlands had defeated India.
Team India will now take on Great Britain on Wednesday, Ireland on 30 July, and South Africa on 31 July. After this, the matches of the knockout round will be played from August 2.
It was a disappointing game for India as it never seemed to be in control of the ball as the Rio Olympics bronze medallist Germany was in complete control of the game. While India did get a chance to equalise the score at a point of time, Gurjit Kaur missed the crucial penalty stroke earned by a good video referral from captain Rani Rampal.
Germany takes the three points to stay in the second spot in the Women’s Pool A ranking table. However, India has slipped down to last place having lost both the games it has played.
India XI – Savita Punia (GK), Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Udita, Neha Goyal, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika Malik, Salima Tete, Rani Rampal (C), Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya.
Germany XI – Anne Schröder, Nike Lorenz(C), Lisa Altenburg, Franzisca Hauke, Amelie Wortmann, Julia Sonntag(GK), Kira Horn, Sonja Zimmermann, Viktoria Huse, Cécile Pieper, Selin Oruz.