India, Britain and Dutch progress to hockey quarter-finals

Published July 30, 2021
Harmanpreet Singh of India shoots to score past Juan Manuel Vivaldi of Argentina. — Reuters
Harmanpreet Singh of India shoots to score past Juan Manuel Vivaldi of Argentina. — Reuters

TOKYO: India reached the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament on Thursday thanks to an inspired 3-1 win over Rio gold medallists Argentina, while the Netherlands and Britain also progressed.

Argentina’s women’s team secured a spot in the knockout stages, after sending hosts Japan out of the tournament, while the Spanish team’s win over China meant they also took a big step to progressing to the next round.

In the men’s tournament, India fought back after conceding an early goal to their South American opponents, pulling level in the second half and then scoring another two late on.

In the other group, the Netherlands led Britain 2-0 when the game went into the final quarter but gave up their lead after their opponents stepped up the pressure.

Britain levelled with two goals by Sam Ward, including a penalty corner with four minutes to go.

The result still gave both teams a ticket to the quarter-finals.

South Africa pulled off a 4-3 surprise win over 2016 Olympic bronze medal winners Germany despite being down a goal at halftime.

South Africa levelled in the second half before sealing the win when a pass from 19-year-old rookie Mustaphaa Cassiem deflected off the stick of an opponent behind the German goalkeeper.

South Africa are unlikely to progress to the knockout stages due to a negative goal difference but they avoided being sent home by the Germans, who need one more point to advance.

World champions Belgium sent Canada packing with a 9-1 victory to stay perfect in Pool ‘B’.

In the women’s event, Argentina’s Las Leonas joined Australia — who had already qualified — in the knockout stages by beating Japan 2-1.

Spain, whose coach has been quarantined due to a positive Covid-19 test, got closer to making it to the next round thanks to a 2-0 victory over China.

The Netherlands, who were also already sure of making the quarter-finals, claimed a 1-0 win over Britain in an intensive game in which British goalkeeper Madeleine Hinch played an outstanding role with a dozen saves.

Australia beat rivals New Zealand 1-0.

Medals table

After Thursday’s events

(Tabulated under gold, silver, bronze, total):

China 15 7 9 31

Japan 15 4 6 25

United States 14 14 10 38

Russian OC 8 11 9 28

Australia 8 2 10 20

Great Britain 5 7 6 18

South Korea 4 3 5 12

France 3 5 3 11

Germany 3 3 7 13

Italy 2 7 10 19

Netherlands 2 7 4 13

Canada 2 3 5 10

Hungary 2 1 2 5

Slovenia 2 1 1 4

Croatia 2 0 1 3

Kosovo 2 0 0 2

Brazil 1 3 3 7

Switzerland 1 3 2 6

Romania 1 3 0 4

Taiwan 1 2 3 6

Czech Republic 1 2 1 4

New Zealand 1 2 1 4

Georgia 1 2 0 3

Serbia 1 1 2 4

Austria 1 1 1 3

Hong Kong 1 1 0 2

Tunisia 1 1 0 2

Estonia 1 0 1 2

Ireland 1 0 1 2

Uzbekistan 1 0 1 2

Bermuda 1 0 0 1

Ecuador 1 0 0 1

Fiji 1 0 0 1

Iran 1 0 0 1

Latvia 1 0 0 1

Norway 1 0 0 1

Philippines 1 0 0 1

Slovakia 1 0 0 1

Thailand 1 0 0 1

Spain 0 2 1 3

South Africa 0 2 0 2

Indonesia 0 1 2 3

Mongolia 0 1 2 3

Belgium 0 1 1 2

Denmark 0 1 1 2

Bulgaria 0 1 0 1

Colombia 0 1 0 1

India 0 1 0 1

Jordan 0 1 0 1

North Macedonia 0 1 0 1

Poland 0 1 0 1

Turkmenistan 0 1 0 1

Venezuela 0 1 0 1

Ukraine 0 0 4 4

Kazakhstan 0 0 3 3

Egypt 0 0 2 2

Mexico 0 0 2 2

Turkey 0 0 2 2

Argentina 0 0 1 1

Cuba 0 0 1 1

Finland 0 0 1 1

Israel 0 0 1 1

Ivory Coast 0 0 1 1

Kuwait 0 0 1 1

Portugal 0 0 1 1

San Marino 0 0 1 1

Published in Dawn, July 30th, 2021

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