Tokyo: Two goals from Gurjant Singh helped the Indian men’s hockey team beat Japan 5-3 in the final match of the Pool A match of the group stage at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
Indian hockey team won the match
Gurjant Singh scored two goals for Indian men’s hockey team while Harmanpreet Singh, Shamsher Singh and Neelkant Sharma scored one goal each. Kenta Tanaka, Kota Watanabe and Kazuma Murata scored one goal each for Japan.
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For India, Harmanpreet scored in the 13th minute in the first quarter to give the team an early lead. After this, in the second quarter, Gurjant scored a goal in the 17th minute to make the score 2-0. However, Japan made a quick comeback, Tanaka cut the lead in the 19th minute. Watanabe then scored in the third quarter in the 33rd minute to level the score 2-2. However, a minute later, Shamsher scored a goal in the 34th minute to take a 3-2 lead. Neelkanth then scored 4-2 in the fourth and final quarter with a goal in the 51st minute.
In the final minutes of the match, Gurjant scored another goal in the 57th minute to give India a 5-2 lead. However, Japan also did not give up till the end and Murata scored 5-3 in the 59th minute. Japan could not take the lead by the stipulated time and had to face defeat.
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Let us tell you that India had already secured its place in the quarter-finals, but with this victory, they will go into the last eight match with increased morale. Apart from Japan, India defeated New Zealand, Spain and Argentina in the pool stage but lost to Australia.