India wins bronze medal in men’s hockey in Tokyo Olympics, defeats Germany 5-4

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Indian men’s hockey team today displayed a great game of counter-attacking play as it won defeated Germany 5-4 in the bronze medal play-offs at the Tokyo Olympics today. Indian men’s hockey team won an Olympic medal after a gap of 41 years. India’s last of the eight Olympic golds came way back in 1980 Moscow Games.

India came back from a two-goal deficit to take a two-goal lead at the end of the third quarter. Germany reduced the deficit as in the q4 when it scored a goal from the penalty corner. Earlier at the half-time, Team India who were1-3 down to equalising 3-3 level at the half-time break.

Goalscorers for India

Simranjeet scored a brace for India, while Rupinder, Hardik and Harmanpreet scored a goal each.

“I think we should just forget about what happened in the semi-final and just put all our focus and energy into the game against Germany. The team has the experience of playing them in recent times. We are ready for the challenge,” said Manpreet Singh on the eve of the bronze medal play-off match.

He further stated: “We have the entire country’s support. We even had the Hono’ble Prime Minister call us and wish us after the semi-final loss. He asked us to not feel disappointed and just look forward to playing well on Thursday and that’s what we plan to do. We are pumped up for the game.”

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