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

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers. Indian women's team takes on US while the men's side will face Russia

FP Sports November 02, 2019 17:39:30 IST
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Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, Highlights: India hammer Russia 7-1 to qualify for next year's Tokyo Games
  • India men and women's hockey teams will have their final chance to book their tickets for Tokyo 2020.

  • Both sides will play across two legs, and the winner will be decided on the aggregate goals scored.

  • In case the score remains tied on aggregate, a penalty shootout will be played to decide the winner.

Highlights

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Nov 02, 2019 - 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.  

Nov 02, 2019 - 21:54 (IST)

As many as five goalscorers for India. 

Nov 02, 2019 - 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. 

Nov 02, 2019 - 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.

Nov 02, 2019 - 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.  

Nov 02, 2019 - 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. 

Nov 02, 2019 - 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. 

Nov 02, 2019 - 21:24 (IST)

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

GOAAAL! 

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. 

Nov 02, 2019 - 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. 

Nov 02, 2019 - 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. 

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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