With their backs to the wall, the Indian women's hockey team came out fighting hard against old rivals Ireland in their fourth group match, winning the contest by a 1- 0 margin.
Ireland needed a win to enter the quarterfinals in the high-stakes game which was a repeat of the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals that the Irish Green Army won via a shootout.
It was an epic clash between two sides that took world hockey by storm in 2018. Meanwhile, the Indian men's team will be looking to carry their winning momentum forward when they take on Asian Games champions Japan.
Manpreet and co are already assured of a top-two finish in the group and have thereby booked themselves a place in Sunday's quarterfinal. Graham Reid's team would be looking to get into the groove ahead of the knock-outs in a match where they will be under no real pressure.
The Indians have not lost to Japan since 2013 and begin as firm favourites against Seigfried Aikman's side who have yet to pick up points in Tokyo. Expect a fast and entertaining encounter as the Japanese look for their first win while the Indians play their natural attacking game.
The match begins at 1500 IST
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- 30 July 2021 11:11 AM GMT
#TeamIndia finish the pool stage with another thumping win over Japan.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 30, 2021
India, how's the josh? 🇮🇳#JPNvIND #HaiTayyar #IndiaKaGame #Tokyo2020 #TokyoTogether #StrongerTogether #HockeyInvites #WeAreTeamIndia #Hockey pic.twitter.com/WWzAYgzwNY
- 30 July 2021 11:09 AM GMT
THE JAPANESE PLAYERS IN TEARS AS THE OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN ENDS FOR THE SAMURAI AFTER AN EXCITING GAME OF HOCKEY
HARMANPREET OPENED THE SCORING FOR INDIA (13) WHILE GURJANT SCORED A COUPLE (17, 56). SHAMSHER SCORED HIS FIRST OF THE TOURNAMENT IN THE 34TH AND NILAKANTA ADDED TO THE TALLY IN THE 51ST MINUTE
- 30 July 2021 11:04 AM GMT
59' YOSHIKAWA DENIES NILAKANTA BUT MURATA'S GOAL STANDS
INDIA 5 - JAPAN 3