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