The Indian men’s hockey team has secured their third win of the Tokyo Olympics campaign in a mouth-watering encounter with Argentina. The Men in Blue dominated for the better part of the game before striking home twice in the span of a minute to seal the game. It was a gritty performance from the Indian team who look in rhythm following a brutal hammering at the hands of Australia.
The first half of the game ended goalless as both the teams went back and forth but to no effect. It was India’s Varun Kumar who broke the deadlock as he converted a penalty corner. The South Americans were quick to fight back as they equalised early in the fourth quarter with Maico Casella coming up with a stunning shot off the set-piece.
Indian men’s hockey team confirm a top-two finish
The fourth quarter was dominated by the Indians before they hammered home two goals in the span of minutes to change the course of the game. Vivek Sagar Prasad struck home in the 57th minute as the Argentine defense was in complete chaos in the final moments of the game. Vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh then hammered home a penalty corner the very next minute which was the final nail in the coffin.
Argentina suffered as they failed to convert the penalty corners. They were awarded eight while the South Americans were able to keep only two on the target, both of which were saved. The win has now confirmed a top-two finish for the Indian team. With Japan up next for the Men in Blue, they will be eyeing to finish the group stage on a high note.
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