Tokyo Olympics Hockey LIVE: Noel Maria strikes twice as Argentina defeat India 2-1; India women to play for bronze against Great Britain

Tokyo Olympics Hockey LIVE: Noel Maria strikes twice as Argentina defeat India 2-1; after 3rd quarter; India women to play for bronze
Tokyo Olympics Hockey LIVE: Noel Maria strikes twice as Argentina defeat India 2-1; after 3rd quarter; India women to play for bronze

Tokyo Olympics Hockey LIVE: Noel Maria strikes twice as Argentina defeat India 2-1; India women to play for bronze against Great Britain- Noel Maria led from the front as Argentina made it to the finals of the Tokyo Olympics. They will now take on the Netherlands in the Olympics final.

The Indian women’s hockey team might have taken an early lead, but the side stumbled to a 1-2 loss in the semi-finals against Argentina in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics here at the Oi Hockey Stadium North Pitch on Wednesday. The Rani Rampal-led side will now face Great Britain in the bronze medal match on Friday. On the other hand, Argentina will take on the Netherlands in the gold medal match on the same day.

India went on to take an early lead in the match as Gurjit Kaur registered a goal through a PC in the second minute of the first quarter. There were no more goals in the first quarter and India held on to its lead after the first 15 minutes. However, in the second half, Argentina skipper Noel Barrionuevo got the equaliser for the side and the scoreline was brought level to 1-1. The defence of India and Argentina was up to the mark in the second half, and as a result, the scoreline stood level at the half-time mark.

In the third quarter, Argentina went on to take a 2-1 lead as Barrionuevo scored her second goal of the match. India was not able to get the equaliser in the third quarter, and as it stood, Rani Rampal’s side was left with everything to play for in the last 15 minutes.

India tried hard in the fourth and final quarter, however, Argentina held its own and entered the finals of the women’s hockey event in the showpiece event

Tokyo Olympics Hockey LIVE: Noel Maria strikes twice as Argentina defeat India 2-1; after 3rd quarter; India women to play for bronze against Great Britain.

@5:07 PM IST: FULL TIME! Argentina have made it to the Olympic gold medal match where they will face the Netherlands. India were brilliant throughout, but it was not quite enough.

@5:01 PM IST: 58′ Last two minutes of the game.

@4:59 PM IST: Argentina have a good chance when Eugenia Trinchinetti crosses for Michaela Retegui, who cannot angle her deflection into the goal. Four minutes left.

@4:54 PM IST: Full marks to Argentinian defence, saves penalty corner from Gurjit Kaur. The drag-flick from the top is pushed away to safety by ARG keeper Succi, diving to her right.

@4:53 PM IST: India haven’t given this up by a long stretch – they are going for this, and have Argentina pinned back. Lalremsiami’s deflection flies across the face of the ARG goal.

@4:45 PM IST: End of third quarter. Barrionuevo’s 2nd goal sees Argentina take a 2-1 lead into the 4th & final quarter. India still showing plenty of heart – this is not over.

@4:42 PM IST: India are back up to full strength and are starting to force the Argentineans back into their own territory. However, Argentina are coping well with the pressure.

@4:40 PM IST: Green card two-minute suspension for Neha – India down to ten players.

@4:35 PM IST: GOAL! Noel Barrionuevo has a second! Her drag-flick clips an India defender on route to goal. The umpire checks with the video umpire for danger, but nothing changes – the goal stands, and ARG lead!

@4:31 PM IST: Penalty corner for Argentina, India under pressure

@4:30 PM IST: India losing possession due to gaps in the midfield. They are getting pushed on the backfoot.

@4:23 PM IST: We are back underway for the final 30 mins. The game is evenly poised at the moment.

The third quarter begins. 30 minutes to find a winner. If not, we will go to a shoot-out!

@4:21 PM IST: HALF TIME! A very close semi-final comes to an end, with the score-line locked at 1-1 going into the break. Fascinatingly poised.

@4:11 PM IST: Argentina now win a penalty corner, but Gorzelany’s drag-flick is charged down – again – by 19-year-old India defender Salima Tete 

@4:07 PM IST: Umpire overturns the decision and no Penalty Corner for India. 

@4:05 PM IST: Penalty corner for India, with Salima finding a foot in the Argentina circle.

@4:02 PM IST: Agustina Gorzelany is back on the field, wearing a protective bandage after her clash of heads with Navneet Kaur, who is also on the pitch. Good news for both!

@4 PM IST: Big chance for Argentina’s Julieta Jankunas, who finds space in the circle but misses the ball completely when trying to shoot. Around eight minutes of this second quarter left to play.

@3:54 PM IST: More fine work from the dangerous Albertarrio, who wins another penalty corner for Argentina.

GOAL!!!! 1-1 Noel Maria Barrioneuvo scores equaliser

@3:52 PM IST: Penalty corner for Argentina – Agustina Albertarrio drives around the back of the India defence before finding a foot in the circle. However, an intricate routine falls apart, and India win a free hit.

@3:50 PM IST: Second quarter begins!

@3:49 PM IST: The first quarter comes to an end, and India take a narrow lead into the break thanks to Gurjit Kaur’s fine penalty corner drag-flick.

@3:48 PM IST: A clash of heads between between Argentina’s Agustina Gorzelany and Navneet Kaur sees both players leave the field with cuts. Completely accidental, but painful for both.

@3:45 PM IST: Argentina continue to pressurise the India circle, but are having little in terms of outcomes. India’s defence has been excellent so far.

@3:38 PM IST: First penalty corner for Argentina, Agustina Gorzelany misses. Salima Tete manages to keep the ball away from the goalpost.

@3:32 PM IST: Penalty corner for India, right on the money.

GOAL!!!! India lead Argentina 1-0 as Gurjit Kaur strikes

@3:30 PM IST: It’s SHOWTIME! First quarter begins

@3:24 PM IST: Players take the field ahead of the mouth-watering encounter.

@3:15 PM IST: The winner of this contest will play the final against the Netherlands. The loser will meet Great Britain.

@3:09 PM IST:

INDIA XI: Savita Punia (GK), Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Udita, Neha Goyal, Monika Malik, Rani Rampal (C), Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Nisha.

COACH – Sjoerd Marijne

ARGENTINA XI: Belen Succi, Sofia Toccalino, Agustina Gorzelany, Valentina Raposo, Agostina Alonso, Agustina Albertarrio, Maria Jose Granatto, Delfina Merino, Rocio Sanchez Moccia, Victoria Sauze, Victoria Granatto.

COACH – Carlos Retegui

@3:03 PM IST

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India at Tokyo Olympics LIVE – India vs Argentina LIVE: Gurjit Kaur scored the only goal of the game as a resolute India women’s hockey team saw the back of Australia in their maiden quarter-final game on Monday. The 1-0 win meant that the Indian eves clinched their first semi-final spot in history downing three time champions Australia, in one of their famous wins in history. As for Argentina, the South American nation defeated 2016 Rio Olympics brone medallists Germany to set up the clash against Rani Rampal and Co.

India at Tokyo Olympics LIVE: India vs Argentina head to head record 

  • Argentina are ranked 5th in the FIH rankings, while India are ninth in the list.
  • Before the Olympics, India visisted Argentina on a seven match tour.
  • Rani Rampal and Co. played two games against Argentina’s junior team, with both ending in draws.
  • Following those games were two games againsts the Argentina B team, both of which was won by the latter.
  • In the three games against the senior side, India managed a solitary draw, while losing the other two games.

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India results at Tokyo Olympics so far

  • India lost to Netherlands 5-1
  • India lost to Germany 2-0
  • India lost to Great Britain 4-1
  • India beat Ireland 1-0
  • India beat South Africa 4-3
  • India beat Australia 1-0 (QF)

Argentina results at Tokyo Olympics so far

  • Argentina lost to New Zealand 3-0
  • Argentina beat Spain 3-0
  • Argentina beat China 3-2
  • Argentina beat Japan 2-1
  • Argentina beat Australia 2-0
  • Argentina beat Germany 2-0

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Argentian key stats 

  • Goals Scored: India – 8 | Argentina – 11
  • Goals Conceded: India – 14 | Argentina – 8
  • Field Goals: India – 3 | Argentina – 6
  • Penalty Corners (Converted/Won): India – 5/34 | Argentina – 4/25
  • Penalty Strokes: India – 0 | Argentina -1

(with ANI inputs)