Tokyo: India Men’s Hockey Team beat Germany in the bronze medal match to win an Olympic medal after 41 years.
India wins a bronze medal in men’s hockey after beating Germany 5-4. Germany took an early lead with Oruz scoring in the starting minutes of the match. Germany troubled Indian defense in the first quarter, but could not find a way to increase the lead.
In the 2nd quarter, India saw Simranjeet scoring from a well-executed shot, but defensive mistakes lead to Germany scoring two more goals within just two minutes. Just when it looked India might be in trouble, two penalty corners for India yielded results as Hardik Singh scored on the rebound from the first one, while Harmanpreet Singh scored another with a superb drag-flick on to the back of the nets.
Rupinder Pal Singh and Simranjeet Singh scored two more goals in the third quarter. Nicolas Windfeder pulled one back in the final quarter, but it was not enough for Germany to push it to the shootouts.