Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, Highlights: India hammer Russia 7-1 to qualify for next year's Tokyo Games

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Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, Highlights: India hammer Russia 7-1 to qualify for next year's Tokyo Games
  • 22:06 (IST)

    That's all we have for today. India's men's and women's teams have qualified for next year's Tokyo Olympics. 

    The women's team lost their tie 1-4 but they made to the Games after winning on aggregate. At one point, it looked like the US women will score more goals to take lead on aggregate but the home team did held on and Rani Rampal's goal sent them to Tokyo. 

    Much better performance from the Indian men's side. They were unimpressive yesterday but still won 4-2 but today, they were outstanding. Scored seven goals and qualified on 11-3 aggregate.

    Hope you've enjoyed our coverage. We will see you soon with another sporting action. Thank you joining with us. Hope you have a good day.  

  • 21:54 (IST)

    As many as five goalscorers for India. 

  • 21:47 (IST)

    India's SV Sunil is the player of the match. 

    "Credit goes to all the players and the supporting staff. We got the job done," he said in the post-match conference. 

  • 21:42 (IST)

    FT! IND 7-1 RUS (11-3)

    GOAAL! One more goal for India from a PC to end the match. 

    After the women's team, Manpreet Singh-led men's side also book their ticket to Tokyo Olympics. They have beaten Russia 7-1 in the second-leg and have qualified after 11-3 aggregate scoreline.

  • 21:37 (IST)

    58' IND 6-1 RUS (10-3)

    Yet another penalty corner for India and yet another goal.
    Rupinder with his second of the day.  

  • 21:34 (IST)

    55' IND 5-1 RUS (9-3)

    Less than five minutes left in this match. Russia still committing men forward. This is a done case now but good to see the effort from the Russians. They might not qualify but they showed good fight. 

  • 21:30 (IST)

    52' IND 5-1 RUS (9-3)

    Penalty corner for India. Harmanpreet takes it but it's a good save by the Russian goalkeeper. 

  • 21:24 (IST)

    48' IND 5-1 RUS (9-3)


    Rupinder Pal Singh with a superb penalty corner conversion. Unlike yesterday, Indian men's team is playing a kind of hockey expected out of them. 

  • 21:21 (IST)

    47' IND 4-1 RUS (8-3)

    GOAAAL! India add one more
    Nilakanta finds acres of space inside the circle and he hits a good shot to beat the goalkeeper. 

  • 21:18 (IST)

    IND 3-1 RUS (7-3)

    The final quarter is underway. India just 15 minutes away from booking a spot in the Olympics. 

  • 21:16 (IST)

    IND 3-1 RUS (7-3)

    End of the third quarter. No goals to add to the half-time score. India are better side now and they enjoyed most of the chances in the quarter.

  • 21:09 (IST)

    38' IND 3-1 RUS (7-3)

    Ramandeep finds space on the left and hits the ball on the bounce but it's way off the target. 

  • 21:07 (IST)

    36' IND 3-1 RUS (7-3)

    decent chance for Russia. They find space on the left and try for a goal from a difficult angle. It's not on target.  

  • 21:05 (IST)

    35' IND 3-1 RUS (7-3)

    Good run from Sunil and he passes the ball to Akashdeep. The forward should've take a shot there but he tries to dribble and loses his chance. 

  • 21:00 (IST)

    31' IND 3-1 RUS (7-3)

    The second half has started at the Kalinga Stadium. India look comfortable after rallying from a goal down to score three. Let's see how Russia can respond. 

  • 20:52 (IST)

    IND 3-1 RUS (7-3)

    That's the end of second quarter. Akashdeep scores a brace to increase India's lead on aggregate. So far so good for the home team.

  • 20:49 (IST)

    29' IND 3-1 RUS (7-3)

    GOAAL! One more India. 
    Akashdeep dribbles past his defender and unleashes a powerful hit to make it 3-1 for India. 

  • 20:48 (IST)

    28' IND 2-1 RUS (6-3)

    Yellow card shown to Hardik. He's off for five minutes. 

  • 20:46 (IST)

    27' IND 2-1 RUS (6-3)

    Indians are showing more positiveness going forward. They're creating chances, a couple of them are very close. Russia doing all they can to prevent goals.

  • 20:42 (IST)

    24' IND 2-1 RUS (6-3)

    Chance for India after a brilliant run from Sunil but the hit is saved by the Russian goalkeeper. 

  • 20:40 (IST)

    23' IND 2-1 RUS (6-3)

    GOAAAL! India have taken the lead. 
    Harmanpreet's PC is saved but Akashdeep scores on the rebound. Top stuff! 

  • 20:38 (IST)

    21' IND 1-1 RUS (5-3)

    Close from India. Good run from Lalit and he gets the final pass but his shot from a very tight angle is not on target. 

  • 20:33 (IST)

    17' IND 1-1 RUS (5-3)

    GOAAAL! India are level now.
    Hardik's shot finds Lalit who slots the ball inside the net. Good play from the hosts.

  • 20:30 (IST)

    16' IND 0-1 RUS (4-3)

    Let's get going. The second quarter is underway between India and Russia. 

  • 20:28 (IST)

    IND 0-1 RUS (4-3)

    End of the first quarter. Sobolevsky's early goal is difference between the teams. India ahead by a goal on aggregate. 

  • 20:26 (IST)

    13' IND 0-1 RUS (4-3)

    Good chance for Simranjeet who does really well to get better off his defender but the shot is a bad one. Flies over the goalkeeper.

  • 20:23 (IST)

    11' IND 0-1 RUS (4-3)

    The tempo of the game has gone down a bit. Indians enjoying the possession but not creating enough opportunities. Russia are defending well.

  • 20:20 (IST)

    6' IND 0-1 RUS (4-3)

    First penalty corner of the match and it goes to India. But they don't take it clearly and the chance is gone. 

  • 20:13 (IST)

    1' IND 0-1 RUS (4-3)

    GOAL! Wow! What a start for Russia. 

    Sobolevsky scores the first goal for Russia. A good hit from the centre of the circle. 

  • 20:11 (IST)

    1' IND 0-0 RUS (4-2)

    The men's match is underway at the Kalinga Stadium. Russia start off the proceedings in the first quarter. 

  • 20:07 (IST)

    Here come both the teams. Indian men's hockey team faces Russia in their second-leg of the qualifiers. They lead 4-2 on aggregate but Russia can fight and we have seen how the US women played their match. Indians can't take their opponents lightly at all. 

  • 19:52 (IST)

    The Indian women are taking a lap of honour at the Kalinga Stadium. They did it the hard way. Conceded four goals in the first-half but captain fantastic Rani Rampal came up with the decisive blow in the second-half which resulted in the team going ahead on aggregate. USA couldn't score a goal and now miss the chance of going to Tokyo. 

    Time to shift focus on the men's team.

  • 19:41 (IST)

    FT! IND 1-4 USA (6-5)

    It's all over. Indian women's hockey team have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after beating the US 6-5 on aggregate. 

  • 19:39 (IST)

    58' IND 1-4 USA (6-5)

    Under two minutes left now. India holding on to their aggregate lead. 

  • 19:38 (IST)

    57' IND 1-4 USA (6-5)

    The referee gives a penalty corner to the US but India appeal. The video umpire says it's not a penalty corner because the ball hit a US player. So danger averted by India. 

  • 19:31 (IST)

    55' IND 1-4 USA (6-5)

    Five minutes left now. Indian women need to hold on to their lead. Pressure is on defenders. 

  • 19:30 (IST)

    52 IND 1-4 USA (6-5)

    India are enjoying the momentum they got after scoring the goal. They now want to score one more and put the match to the bed. But still, a lot of time left. USA have shown they can fight. 

  • 19:25 (IST)

    IND 1-4 USA (6-5)


    Good turn and solid hit to the roof of the net. India are now ahead on aggregate. 

  • 19:20 (IST)

    IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    Last quarter has started. A big one for both the teams. Crowd is also feeling the heat. 

  • 19:18 (IST)

    IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    End of the third quarter. No goals from US in this one. India playing bit better but still need to create more chances. 

  • 19:16 (IST)

    42' IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    One more penalty corner for India. This one from Gurjit is on target but it's a good save from the US goalkeeper. 

  • 19:16 (IST)

    42' IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    One more penalty corner for India. This one from Gurjit is on target but it's a good save from the US goalkeeper. 

  • 19:12 (IST)

    39' IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    Penalty corner for India. And it's wide. Gurjit Kaur should've kept that on target. 

  • 19:11 (IST)

    37' IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    This match is now getting into the gripping zone. The atmosphere is also very tensed in the stadium. India looking for a break here. One more goal and they will go ahead on the aggregate. 

  • 19:05 (IST)

    34' IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    India still struggling to find rhythm when it come to attack. They need to create more chances. 


  • 19:01 (IST)

    31' IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    Alright, time for the third quarter. If the score doesn't change then we will have a shootout but plenty of time left for that. USA having all the momentum here.

  • 18:52 (IST)

    HT! IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    End of the second quarter. USA needed only two quarters to blow away India's four-goal lead. Masterclass display in playing attacking hockey by the US. Indians have a lot to contemplate in the break.  

  • 18:48 (IST)

    27' IND 0-4 USA (5-5)

    USA SCORE! They are now level on aggregate.

    Magadan with a good turn and finish. Indians are shell shocked.

  • 18:47 (IST)

    26' IND 0-3 USA (5-4)

    USA's Moyer gets a green card. That mean she has to sit out for two minutes. Meanwhile, India's Navneet gets a yellow card. 

  • 18:41 (IST)

    22' IND 0-3 USA (5-4)

    Penalty corner for India! This is big. There's a bit of scramble but it leads to second PC. Sushila takes aim but her drag-flick is just wide. 

Preview: India's men's and women's hockey teams will aim to maintain their winning momentum in second-leg matches of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in Bhubaneswar and book their tickets for next year's Tokyo 2020.

In the first-leg matches, the men's team registered a 4-2 win over Russia while the women's side played impressive hockey and clinched their tie against USA 5-1.

In the women's match, Lilima Minz scored the opening goal of the match when the game was in the 29th minute. Sharmila Devi then added another goal to India's tally in the 40th minute.

They continued their aggressive form in the match and just after two minutes, India took their lead to three goals with the help of Gurjit Kaur's strike. Consolidating India's position further in the match, Navneet Kaur netted another goal, taking the scoreline to 4-0.

India completely dominated the USA and did not let the momentum lose as Gurjit Kaur, in the 51st minute, smashed another goal for the hosts.

In the men's match, Manpreet Singh-led India got off to a brilliant start as they gained a one-goal lead in the fifth minute with the help of Harmanpreet Singh after he successfully converted a penalty stroke. However, with two minutes into the second quarter, Andrey Kuraev scored an equaliser for Russia.

The hosts did not take much time to restore their one-goal lead as Mandeep Singh scored a goal for India in the 24th minute, bringing the scoreline 2-1. Sunil SV then consolidated India's position in the match as he netted a goal in the 48th minute and put Russia under immense pressure.

Mandeep Singh scored another goal, taking India's tally to four goals. When the match was in the final minute, Russia won a penalty corner and did not make any mistake as they scored a goal.

With inputs from ANI

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Updated Date: Nov 02, 2019 22:06:41 IST