India men’s hockey team started with a win against Ireland and the women drew against Japan in their respective Group B encounters and on day 3, Monday, both will be in action to continue the positive note – irrespective of the draw for the eves.
The men were up 2-0 before conceding the first but eventually regained the two-goal-lead. In the latter stages, Ireland raided the PR Sreejesh goal to score and the eight-time medallists then endured some nervous moments, with ten men, to hold out for the win.
The women had a completely different match. They conceded in the late stages of both the first two quarters to stay 0-2 down. But then scored in the third quarter to make it 2-2. In the final few minutes of the match, India had good chances to make it a win rather than a draw but just couldn’t make most of the opportunities that came their way.
Now India have a much bigger and tougher task against gold medallists from 2012 Olympics Germany at 7.30 PM IST while the women also face a difficult job against bronze medallists from the same event Great Britain in wee hours of India at 02:30 AM.
The women had been blanked 5-0 by their British counterparts during the preparatory matches in the run-up to the Olympics and they’d be eager to turn that loss around. Coach Neil Hawgood is not reading too much from that result though. “The England tour was an exposure tournament. It was planned to ensure the girls understand their (Great Britain) game. It was the first time this team was ever playing Great Britain and there was a lot that we learnt from that tour,” he said.
Britain have made their way to Rio after a semi-final finish in the World League semi-finals in Valencia. And they’re off in Rio with a 2-1 win over Australia.
For the men’s Germany will be coming into the match on the back of a 6-2 hammering of Canada in their opening match.
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