India at Tokyo Olympics: Indian Hockey team starts on a winning note, Harmanpreet Singh scores double as India beat New Zealand 3-2

FIH Awards 2021: India's Harmanpreet Singh, Gurjit Kaur shortlisted for best player, PR Sreejesh, Savita amongst goalkeepers
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India at Tokyo Olympics: India beat New Zealand 3-2 in Hockey: Manpreet Singh led Indian Hockey team has started on a winning note as India defeated New Zealand 3-2 in their opening match. Harmanpreet Singh was the star of Indian victory as he scored 2 goals vs New Zealand. Rupinder Singh was another scorer for India.

India will now play Australia in their second pool game on Sunday

3:00 PM: Men’s Pool A – India vs Australia on Sunday at 3 PM

India at Tokyo Olympics: Indian Hockey team starts on a winning note, Harmanpreet Singh scores double as India beat New Zealand 3-2 – Follow MATCH REPORT

India at Tokyo Olympics: India beat New Zealand 3-2 in Hockey: India men’s hockey team got off to a flying start at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after edging out New Zealand 3-2 at the Oi Hockey Stadium — South Pitch here on Saturday.

Harmanpreet Singh scored the brace for India while Rupinder Pal Singh scored against the Kiwis. But it was the safe gloves of experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh who ensured the team gets off to a winning start in the campaign. India started the match on the front foot with Rupinder Pal Singh rattling the crossbar by unleashing a fierce shot on a penalty corner. But it was the Kiwis who converted their chances as penalty corner expert Kane Russell put the ball right in the corner and high past Sreejesh inside eight minutes.

India at Tokyo Olympics: India beat New Zealand 3-2 in Hockey: Rupinder soon showed his class as the star drag-flicker converted a penalty stroke — which team won after a penalty corner — and put India back level in the match. Sreejesh then made a very crucial save off a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the first quarter to keep the score 1-1.

In the second quarter, India’s defenders didn’t give the Kiwi forwards much gap to utilise. And with 5 minutes to go, a smart review from the team resulted in a PC. Harmanpreet Singh made no mistake as he completed a nicely worked routine with Rupinder Pal to smack the ball low and between the keeper’s legs. India took the lead for the first time in the match.

India at Tokyo Olympics: India beat New Zealand 3-2 in Hockey: The duo of Harmanpreet and Pal came clutch for India again in the third quarter as Harmanpreet scored his second goal of the match through another great PC. New Zealand clearly weren’t done yet as Stephen Jenness found the narrowest of angles to make it 2-3 for the team.

India at Tokyo Olympics: India beat New Zealand 3-2 in Hockey: Fourth-quarter as expected went back and forth but it was the Indian defenders who kept the Kiwi forwards at bay and came out on top. Sreejesh made some great saves in the dying minutes of the match to stop NZ from creating any late upset.The Indian team is pooled with Australia, Argentina, India, Spain and New Zealand in Group A. Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and South Africa have been placed in Pool B.

The current league phase will take place until July 30, which will be followed by the quarterfinals and semifinals on August 1 and 3, respectively. The bronze medal and gold medal matches are slated to be held on August 5.

 

@8:26 AM: INDIA WIN 3-2

@8:25 AM: SREEJESH WITH ANOTHER BIG SAVE: Sreejeh ensures that India keeps the lead with a MASSIVE full stretched save in the final few seconds.

@8:23 AM: 24 SECONDS TO GO, NEW ZEALAND IS GIVEN A PENALTY CORNER.

@8:21 AM: New Zealand loses their referral, no penalty corner.

@8:19 AM: 1 minute left, India leads 3-2: New Zealand takes a referral for a push and a foul.

@8:17 AM: India’s defense stays strong: 3 back-to-back penalty corners and India defend really well. Goalkeeper Sreejesh has been called in action, he makes 2 huge saves in quick succession to ensure that India keeps the lead

@8:15 AM:

Another great block by the Indians and another penalty corner.

Another case of No Advice Possible, for the 3rd time today. India retain the referral but have to defend this penalty corner

@8:11 AM: Another referral that is taking a long time. Crucial moments for India as they only lead by 1 goal.

@8:10 AM:

Penalty corner-blocked: New Zealand’s penalty corner was blocked by India but the referee gave NZ another penalty corner. India takes a referral. Can India hold on?

Scary few minutes: India has conceded a penalty corner with just 3 minutes left.

@8:08 AM: Impressive save by Hayward: India had a direct shot at the New Zealand goalkeeper, however, Hayward gave it all to keep New Zealand in the game.

@8:05 AM: Neither team keeping possession: The possession has been pretty even in 4th quarter. No real chances have been created by India or New Zealand. 6 minutes remaining, India leads 3-2

@8:02 AM: Another great chance for Mandeep Singh with 9:20 to go, however, he is frustrated by his poor ball control

@7:59 AM: India keeps its review, no penalty corner due to NO ADVICE POSSIBLE.  India leads 3-2 with 12 minutes to go in the match

@7:56 AM: India has taken another referral, what will it be this time? It is taking a lot of time for the umpires to decide. 

@7:54 AM: Quarter 4 has started: New Zealand with the same gameplan, they have started the 4th quarter very aggressively. Stamina will play an important role in the last quarter.

@7:52 AM: After the 3rd Quarter, India leads 3-2. They conceded a goal in the last minute of the 3rd quarter and suddenly the game is alive again.

@7:51 AM: India vs New Zealand after 3rd quarter: Team India stats after quarter 3

Shirt
No.
Name Goals/Shots Cards
Total % Field
Goal
Penalty
Corner
Penalty
Stroke
Green Yellow Red
2
SINGH Dilpreet
0/1 0 0/1
3
SINGH Rupinder Pal
1/3 33 0/2 1/1
6
KUMAR Surender
7
SINGH Manpreet

(C)

0/1 0 0/1
8
SINGH Hardik
9
SINGH Gurjant
0/1 0 0/1
11
SINGH Mandeep
13
SINGH Harmanpreet
2/3 67 2/3
14
UPADHYAY Lalit Kumar
0/1 0 0/1
16
PARATTU RAVEENDRAN Sreejesh
17
SUMIT
18
SHARMA Nilakanta
21
SINGH Shamsher
26
LAKRA Birendra
30
ROHIDAS Amit
32
PRASAD Vivek Sagar
Totals 3/10 30 0/4 2/5 1/1

 

@7:47 AM: New Zealand cuts the lead in half: Jenness scores from close range with a brilliant pass from Wilson. India still leads 3-2.

@7:45 AM: Another wave of New Zealand attack: The Indian team has been defending really well. Even with all the pressure and waves of New Zealand attack.

@7:44 AM: After a long referral, it is not a penalty corner, India keeps the referral.

@7:40 AM: India takes another referral with 4:37 to go in 3rd quarter

@7:38 AM: India unable to score with this penalty corner, a decent save by New Zealand’s goalkeeper Hayward. India leads 3-1 in 3rd quarter with 6:30 to go

@7:37 AM: And it is another penalty corner for India, courtesy Mandeep Singh

@7:35 AM: New Zealand putting the pressure on: After conceding another goal, New Zealand has started to press further up and create chances. Indian defense, however, stays solid

@7:31 AM: INDIA DOUBLES ITS LEAD: The same story as before, India took a review to win the penalty corner, and once again it was well-executed as Harmanpreet fired the ball in the middle of the net. India leads 3-1 in Quarter 3

@7:31 AM: AND INDIA UPHOLDS THE REVIEW, IT IS A PENALTY CORNER.

@7:30 AM: India takes a referral early in the 3rd quarter.

@7:26 AM

New Zealand starts the 3rd quarter aggressively, India defends well. A slight problem with Sreejesh’s kit.

@7:25 AM

@7:22 AM: India vs New Zealand at halftime: Team India stats at halftime

Shirt
No.
Name Goals/Shots Cards
Total % Field
Goal
Penalty
Corner
Penalty
Stroke
Green Yellow Red
2
SINGH Dilpreet
0/1 0 0/1
3
SINGH Rupinder Pal
1/3 33 0/2 1/1
6
KUMAR Surender
7
SINGH Manpreet

(C)

0/1 0 0/1
8
SINGH Hardik
9
SINGH Gurjant
0/1 0 0/1
11
SINGH Mandeep
13
SINGH Harmanpreet
1/1 100 1/1
14
UPADHYAY Lalit Kumar
0/1 0 0/1
16
PARATTU RAVEENDRAN Sreejesh
17
SUMIT
18
SHARMA Nilakanta
21
SINGH Shamsher
26
LAKRA Birendra
30
ROHIDAS Amit
32
PRASAD Vivek Sagar
Totals 2/8 25 0/4 1/3 1/1

 

@7:17 AM: It is halftime, India lead 2-1 against New Zealand

@7:12 AM: HARMANPREET SINGH GIVES INDIA THE LEAD: A very well worked penalty corner, executed to perfection by India and Harmanpreet Singh’s shot given India a 2-1 lead

@7:10 AM: 4:48 left in 2nd Quarter: India wins a penalty corner

@7:08 AM: AN AMAZING CHANCE FOR CAPTAIN MANPREET SINGH! He received a delightful pass from Lalit and was 1v1 with Hayward, he tried to lob the ball but the attempt is saved

@7:07 AM: 6 minutes to go for halftime, India is unable to keep hold of the possession, New Zealand dominating the possession.

@7:05 AM: India vs New Zealand LIVE: India had a great chance to go forward but NZ defense stayed strong.

@7:00 AM: India vs New Zealand LIVE: 2nd quarter begins, IND 1-1 NZ

A penalty-stroke goal from Rupinder Pal Singh canceled out a penalty-corner strike from Kane Russell as India and New Zealand are tied 1-1 after the opening 15 minutes.

@6:55 AM: India-New Zealand ends 1st Quarter @ 1-1, follow India vs New Zealand Live updates
@6:50 – New Zealand creating pressure – back-to-back penalty corners for Kiwis – 3 Penalty Corners saved, danger averted.
@6:45 – India vs New Zealand LIVE: Rupinder Pal scores via penalty stroke, India level with New Zealand 1-1, follow India vs New Zealand Live updates
Hockey: India drawback with 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter. Rupinder Pal Singh scores from a penalty corner. It’s India 1-1 New Zealand.
@ 6:40 – India vs New Zealand LIVE: Hockey: India 0-1 New Zealand.

An Indian penalty corner strikes the woodwork as New Zealand breathe in their hockey opener. At the other end now, New Zealand get a penalty corner and convert it! They have the lead in the first quarter.

@ 6:31AM – India gets 1st Penalty Corner in  – but it goes wasted

@6:30 AM – India vs New Zealand LIVE UPDATES – Match starts

The team lineups are out!

INDIA XI: PR Sreejesh (GK), Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Manpreet Singh (C), Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Dilpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shamser Singh.

COACH – Graham Reid.

NEW ZEALAND XI: Leon Hayward (G), Dane Lett, Nic Woods, Kane Russell, Blair Tarrant (C), Shea McAleese, Nick Ross, Hugo Inglis, Sam Lane, Stephen

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This year, the captain of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team- Manpreet Singh will be India’s flag-bearer alongside Mary Kom at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

India emerged as champions at the games in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1980

However, it has been 41 long years since India won its last gold medal in Hockey. In the 1980 Moscow Olympics, the Indian hockey team defeated Spain in the final to win their 8th gold medal in hockey. It was their final podium finish in an Olympic event.

India at Tokyo Olympics- Indian Hockey Team at Olympics LIVE: How the Hockey format at Olympics will work?

The hockey competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 comprises women’s and men’s events, with the same format and rules for both. In the preliminary round, 12 teams are divided into two pools of six. Each team plays every other team in its pool.

The two pools were determined by the FIH protocol on pool composition based on the FIH World Ranking as of 4 November 2019 as follows:

Pool A: Seed 1; 4; 5; 8; 9; 12
Pool B: Seed 2; 3; 6; 7; 10; 11

Men’s competition

Pool A: Australia, Argentina, India, Spain, New Zealand, Japan
Pool B: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, South Africa

Women’s competition

Pool A: Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, India, South Africa
Pool B: Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Spain, China, Japan

  • The top four teams in each pool proceed to the Quarter-Finals
  • The remaining four teams eliminated at this stage.
  • The winners of the Quarter-Finals progress to the Semi-Finals, the winners of which meet in the gold medal match.
  • The losers of the Semi-Finals will play for the bronze medal.

India at Tokyo Olympics: Indian Men’s Hockey Team Full Squad – First Match India vs New Zealand LIVE

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· Manpreet Singh (Captain)
· P.R. Sreejesh (Goalkeeper)
· Harmanpreet Singh (Defender)
· Rupinder Pal Singh (Defender)
· Surender Kumar (Defender)
· Amit Rohidas (Defender)
· Birendra Lakra (Defender)
· Hardik Singh (Midfielder)
· Vivek Sagar Prasad (Midfielder)
· Nilakanta Sharma (Midfielder)
· Sumit (Midfielder)
· Shamsher Singh (Forward)
· Dilpreet Singh (Forward)
· Gurjant Singh (Forward)
· Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (Forward)
· Mandeep Singh (Forward)

India at Tokyo Olympics: Full Hockey Schedule for India:

India at Tokyo Olympics: Indian Men’s Hockey Team Full Squad – First Match India vs New Zealand LIVE

July 24

6:30 AM: Men’s Pool A – India beat New Zealand 3-2

5:15 PM: Women’s Pool A – India vs Netherlands

July 25

3:00 PM: Men’s Pool A – India vs Australia

July 26

5:45 PM: Women’s Pool A – India vs Germany

July 27

6:30 AM: Men’s Pool A – India vs Spain

July 28

6:30 AM: Women’s Pool A – India vs Great Britain

July 29

6:00 AM: Men’s Pool A – India vs Argentina

July 30

8:15 AM: Women’s Pool A – India vs Ireland

3:00 PM: Men’s Pool A – India vs Japan

July 31

8:45 AM: Women’s Pool A – India vs South Africa

August 1

6:00 AM: Men’s Quarter-Finals – if qualify

August 2

6:00 AM: Women’s Quarter-Finals – if qualify

August 3

7:00 AM: Men’s Semi-Finals – if qualify

August 4

7:00 AM: Women’s Semi-Finals – if qualify

August 5

7:00 AM: Men’s Bronze Medal Match

3:30 PM: Men’s Gold Medal Match

August 6

7:00 AM: Women’s Bronze Medal Match

3:30 PM: Women’s Gold Medal Match

India at Tokyo Olympics: Indian Hockey team starts on a winning note, Harmanpreet Singh scores double as India beat New Zealand 3-2

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