An adamant Indian Men’s Hockey Team rewrote history as they won an Olympics medal after 41 years. The young, fiery Indian team defeated the mighty Germans (5-4) to win the bronze in a breathtaking match at the Tokyo Olympics.
First Medal Since 1980 Olympics
This is India’s first Olympics medal in Hockey since they won the gold, defeating Spain (4-3) in the Moscow Olympics 1980. India is the most successful team at Olympics in Men’s hockey with eight gold medals.
Germany had the early lead
Germany took the early lead with Timur Oruz scoring the first goal within few minutes into the game. German side vexed the Indian defense in the first quarter but couldn’t find a way to extend their lead.
India rebounded twice
To tackle the blow from the first quarter, India’s Simranjeet Singh scored the first goal with a well-executed Tomahawk shot, but again Germany took over the Indian defense side with 2 more goals.
India made the second comeback with the penalty corners as Hardik Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored 2 more goals taking India to equal the Germans 3-3 by halftime.
Wind on the Indian side
The third quarter was in India’s favor as Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty stroke and Simranjeet Singh scored his second goal. India took the lead from the third quarter to zeal the match 5-3.
Nail-biting moments in the final quarter
Despite the hard blow from the Indian side, Germany was not ready to give up as they offered a good fight in the last quarter. Lukas Windfeder bagged the fourth goal for the Germans, but it was not enough to overpower the Indian team. With some nail-biting moments in the final quarter, India defeated the four-time champions bagging up the Bronze Medal.