With Great Britain’s win against Ireland, India Women’s Hockey team has advanced to the quarter-final for the 1st time in the Olympics.
The Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the quarterfinal after Great Britain beat Ireland 2-0 in the last Pool A group match, securing the 4th spot for India.
Earlier, the Indian women’s hockey team defeated South Africa 4-3 in a must-win Tokyo Olympics Pool A group match at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Saturday.
The top four teams from each of the two pools advance to the quarter-finals. India’s hopes of making the quarter-final rested on the outcome of the last Pool A group match between Great Britain and Ireland.
Against South Africa, Vandana Katariya steered her team to victory by becoming the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick at the Olympics. She sounded the board in the fourth, 17th, and 49th minutes. Neha scored in the 32nd.
Tarryn Glasby (15th minute), captain Erin Hunter (30th minute), and Marizen Marais (39th minute) scored for the South Africans to keep in play in the high-scoring match.
The Indian women started from the first whistle as captain Rani Rampal led the attack from the right flank and earned their first penalty in the opening minute but South African goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande was up to the task.
The Indians continued to build early pressure and a successful video referral earned their second penalty in just the second minute but drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur missed.
India got their first breakthrough when Navneet Kaur built an attack from the right and Vandana Katariya gave her the finishing touch to get a 1-0 lead.
India went on the backfoot as South Africa’s attacking intent continued. Captain Erin Hunter took a long shot and Tarryn Glasby’s soft touch in the circle got the team an equalizer.
The Indian women’s hockey team bounced back with its third penalty in the 17th minute, Deep Grace Ekka’s variation was successfully deflected by Vandana Katariya to lead 2-1.