Tokyo Olympics Hockey: Navneet Kaur’s goal seals a 1-0 win for India vs Ireland, India keeps their quarterfinals dream alive

Tokyo Olympics Hockey: India vs Ireland: Rani Rampal’s India Women Hockey team win in a do or die battle vs Ireland – India Women hockey team grab their first win of the Tokyo Olympics vs Ireland. This win keeps their quarterfinals dream alive. They are now level at points with Ireland. They will play against the Republic of South Africa in their last match of Pool A. A late goal by Navneet Kaur against Ireland gave Indian women its first win. It was a crucial win under pressure. Ireland will have a tough match against Great Britain, but if they lose and India wins against the Republic of South Africa, India will go through as they will finish 4th in the pool.

Tokyo Olympics Hockey: Navneet Kaur’s goal seals a 1-0 win for India vs Ireland, India keeps their quarterfinals dream alive

The Indian women’s hockey team defeated Ireland 1-0 here at the Oi Hockey Stadium North Pitch on Friday.

As a result, India’s hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of the women’s hockey event remain intact. Earlier, the Rani Rampal-led side had suffered defeats in its first three group-stage games. The first quarter between India and Ireland saw no goals and after the end of the first 15 minutes, the scoreline remained 0-0.

A similar story was on the offer in the second quarter and at the halftime mark, the scoreline remained the same and it was Rani Rampal’s side that was feeling the pressure going into the third quarter.

The third quarter also saw no goals, however, Navneet Kaur finally broke the deadlock in the fourth quarter and she gave India a lead with three minutes left to play.
In the end, India managed to hang on to the advantage to score a 1-0 victory.

India at Tokyo Olympics Hockey: India vs Ireland Full Time Stats

Team Totals

IRL

Ireland

IND

India
Total Goals/Shots 0/9 1/21
Shooting Efficiency (%) 0 5
Field Goals 0/6 1/7
Penalty Corner 0/3 0/14
Penalty Strokes
% Possession 48 52
Attacking Circle Penetrations 15 30
Team Video Referrals Total 2 2
Team Video Referrals Upheld 1 1
Green Cards 2
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

 

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@10:47 AM: 30 seconds left, India hanging on to the ball!

@10:46 AM: Ireland has taken its goalkeeper off.

@10:45 AM: India needs to hold on to this lead for 2 minutes, Ireland is at full press

@10:43 AM: GOAL!!! India finally breaks down the Irish defense, a great pass from the captain Rani towards the goal and Navneet Kaur is there to tap it in!

@10:41 AM: It just does not look like India’s day, another great chance, another great diving save

@10:40 AM: Ireland has been extremely composed. However, they need a win to ensure a top 4 place as well. They have 3 points and sit in the 4th position.

@10:39 AM: Saved by the Irish keeper again, she stretches out her left leg to make the save

@10:38 AM: It is just not happening for India, every attack they have tried, Ireland has had an answer.

@10:36 AM: It has been a brilliant display of attack by both teams. The game has been end-to-end all-out attack, no goals to show for it.

@10:35 AM: Amazing ball movement from Ireland, the shot is saved by Savita.

@10:33 AM: Same story, Indian forwards are pressing very high but Ireland is able to defend easily

@10:31 AM: A green card early in the 4th quarter for India as Salima sits for 2 minutes.

@10:30 AM: 4th quarter underway: India needs to win this match to keep their quarterfinals dream alive.

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@10:27 AM: End of 3rd Quarter: India 0-0 Ireland

@10:26 AM: 1:30 left in 3rd quarter, Ireland is making moves inside the Indian circle now

@10:24 AM: Excellent goalkeeping by Savita, having been inactive for the past few minutes, she comes up with a big save with 3 minutes left

@10:22 AM: Sloppy defense from Ireland, India has been attacking for a while now. The possession has also shifted in India’s favor. 52%

@10:21 AM: The same story for India, they are unable to execute penalty corners. Shot wide again

@10:20 AM: PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA! Surely they need to score now, this is their 13th penalty corner

@10:19 AM: 6:30 left in the 3rd quarter and India is still searching for its first goal of the match, so is Ireland. India has created far better chances.

@10:17 AM: Good passing by India as Salima rushed forward, however, it is intercepted by the Ireland defense again

@10:16 AM: India has almost double circle penetrations, 17 for India and 9 for Ireland

@10:15 AM: GREAT CHANCE FOR INDIA! Another great pass by Lalremsiami but the goalkeeper rushed out to save it

@10:14 AM: Counterattack by India, but a poor pass gives it away. End-to-end hockey but the chances are not being converted into goals

@10:13 AM: India asked for a referral but lose another one here. Ireland will take the penalty corner

@10:12 AM: Time for India to defend now. it is a PENALTY CORNER FOR IRELAND

@10:10 AM: Good defending by Ireland again, blocks another penalty corner. 0-0 with 13:30 left in quarter 3

@10:10 AM: Great save by the Irish keeper but it is another penalty corner

@10:09 AM: PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA! 2nd one in quick succession.

@10:08 AM: India takes referral, they get a long corner and keep their referral

@10:07 AM: GREAT CHANCE FOR INDIA, the ball goes millimeters away from the goal, it could have been tapped in by Neha.

@10:06 AM: PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA, early in the 3rd quarter, can they capitalize?

@10:05 AM: 3rd Quarter underway

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@9:56 AM: 1st half over: India 0-0 Ireland

@9:55 AM: And another save by Ireland. India is dominating in the last few minutes of this quarter.

@9:54 AM: This time the ball went out, India came back to attack and win another penalty corner

@9:54 AM: Very well saved by the Irish goalkeeper, India keep the pressure on.

@9:53 AM: India has not been able to execute their penalty corners well. They were lucky to get another one here. 56 seconds left

@9:53 AM: Another save and another PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA

@9:52 AM: Back-to-back PENALTY CORNERS FOR INDIA

@9:51 AM: PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA. 1:15 left in 2nd quarter

@9:50 AM: GREAT CHANCE FOR IRELAND! Brilliantly saved by Savita. Scary few minutes for India.

@9:48 AM: 4:30 left in 2nd quarter, India dominated te 1st half while Ireland has had the upper hand in the 2nd. No goals for either

@9:47 AM: Another variation tried by Ireland, did not work for them, however.

@9:47 AM: It will be retaken, green card for India

@9:46 AM: Ireland keeps its referral, PENALTY CORNER FOR THEM

@9:45 AM: GREAT CHANCE FOR IRELAND, great control inside the circle and now the Irish are taking a referral for a penalty corner

@9:43 AM: Still goalless, 7 minutes left in the quarter. Ireland has 56% possession and is playing patiently.

@9:41 AM: GREAT CHANCE FOR INDIA! Ireland goalkeeper rushed out of her goal to swipe the ball away from `feet.

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@9:39 AM: Now it’s India’s turn to attack, they are trying to hold onto the ball in the Ireland circle.

@9:38 AM: Poorly executed by Ireland, the shot was well above the goal.

@9:38 AM: PENALTY CORNER FOR IRELAND, silly one to give from India’s perspective

@9:37 AM: India is defending well under pressure

@9:36 AM: Roles reversed, Ireland has started this quarter aggressively, India on the backfoot

@9:35 AM: 2nd quarter underway: India desperate for a goal, will they get one in this quarter?

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@9:34 AM: 1st quarter ends: India 0-0 Ireland

@9:33 AM: Last few seconds and Ireland are trying to score one, the Indian defense stays strong.

@9:32 AM: It is saved again by Ireland and they are on their way to counter. India was in trouble but it was great defending by Grace

@9:31 AM: Deep Grace shoots it straight at the defender’s foot, ANOTHER PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA

@9:30 AM: PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA. 1:39 left in 1st quarter

@9:29 AM: GREAT CHANCE FOR INDIA! Neha crossed the ball inside for someone to shoot it towards goal, but very well intercepted

@9:29 AM: Ireland has not had any real chances on the Indian goal. However, penetrations are coming often for both teams, but have been empty

@9:27 AM: Well defended again, Ireland’s brave defense rushed out to block the shot that was deemed dangerous by the ref. Ireland take possession

@9:26 AM: Poorly executed penalty corner by India, but they get another one

@9:26 AM: 2nd PENALTY CORNER FOR INDIA

@9:25 AM: With 6 minutes left in the 1st quarter, India has looked close to scoring, however, Ireland has 57% possession, India has 5 attacking circle penetrations.

@9:24 AM: Good defending from Ireland, the shot was deflected over the goal, and India has a long corner. 7 minutes left

@9:23 AM: GREAT CHANCE FOR INDIA, CONVERTS INTO A PENALTY CORNER! Salima crossed the ball in from close range but it hit Ireland’s defender.

@9:22 AM: Ireland now putting pressure on India, they are pressing high and India is only able to pass the ball back.

@9:21 AM: Lots of whistles in the early stages of the match. Both teams are desperate for a win. India down to 10 with a green card

@9:20 AM: India continues to attack and keep possession of the ball.

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@9:18 AM: Ireland has not looked like a threat up until now, 4 minutes are up in the 1st quarter, India has had some decent chances but has not gotten a shot on goal

@9:16 AM: Indian team has started really well, they have already penetrated the Ireland circle. Good early signs for India.

@9:15 AM: India playing from right to left, they need to win this to keep quarterfinals’ dreams alive.

@9:13 AM: And we are almost underway, teams are on the pitch.

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@9:05 AM: Stay tuned for live updates as the Indian women’s hockey team takes on Ireland.

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  • Wins have been hard to come by for Team India, as they slipped to defeat in all their three games in the Pool so far.
  • India opened their campaign with a 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands, before going down 2-0 to Germany and 4-1 to Great Britain.
  • With no points on the board and a largely inferior goal difference, India will need massive wins in their remaining contests against Ireland and South Africa.

Sjoerd Marijne, the chief coach of the Indian women’s hockey team, was livid with the loss to Great Britain and minced no words when quizzed for his thoughts. He said, “This was our worst match. We always try to play for a six (out of 10) for each individual, and I don’t think each individual today played for a six. Bad decisions, bad choices and I’m pretty disappointed by this.”

Indian Women Hockey Team 

Goalkeeper: Savita

Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur, Udita

Midfielders: Nisha, Neha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Navjot Kaur, Salima Tete

Forwards: Rani, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Sharmila Devi

Ireland squad:

Goalkeeper: Ayeisha McFerran

Defenders: Hannath Mathews, Roisin Upton, Shirley McCay, Elena Tice, Sarah McAuley

Midfield: Chloe Watkins, Nicola Daly, Hannah Mcloughlin, Kathryn Mullan ©, Sarah Hawkshaw, Lozzy Holden, Michelle Carey

Forwards: Sarah Torrans, Deirde Duke, Naomi Carroll, Anna O’Flanagan, Zara Malseed

India at Tokyo Olympics LIVE: India qualification scenarios

  • Team India will qualify if they win both matches against Ireland and South Africa
  • Team India will qualify if they win one and draw the other game, but will need a superior goal difference to pip Ireland to qualify.
  • A loss in either of the games will see Team India knocked out of contention.

Pool A

Teams Games played Games won Games drawn Games lost Goal difference Points
1. Netherlands 4 4 0 0 14 12
2. Germany 3 3 0 0 5 9
3.Great Britain 4 2 0 2 4 6
4.  Ireland 3 1 0 2 -4 3
5. India 3 0 0 3 -9 0
6. South Africa 3 0 0 3 -10 0

 

Match Details: India vs Ireland- Women’s tournament Pool A

Time: 8:15 AM IST

Date: 30-07-2021

Venue: Oi Hockey Stadium, North Pitch

Indian Women Hockey Team

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