Tokyo Olympics: India beat Germany 5-4 to win bronze medal
- India won a hockey medal at the Olympics after 41 years
- Simranjeet Singh scored two goals for India
- Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh were the other goal getters
In the semifinal, world no. 3 India played into the hands of world champions Belgium with their defence succumbing under relentless pressure from the Red Lions to concede a bulk of penalty corners throughout the match and lose 2-5 in the semifinals.
India vs Germany, bronze medal playoff: Updates
8.48am: OVER!!! India have won the match and claimed the bronze medal.
8.46pm: Germany have received their 13th penalty corner in the dying seconds of the game.
8.40am: Germany are going all out and have taken their goalkeeper off the field. Can their extra outfield player make a difference in these last4 minutes?
8.36am: Sumit has gone down in the German circle, but no foul there and play goes on.
8.30am: German captain Tobias Hauke gets a yellow card and will be off the field for 5 minutes. Can India make use of this opportunity?
8.27am: Germany have made India pay for their defensive errors. India is still a goal ahead though.
8.26am: Germany have received their 7th penalty corner with 12 minutes left in the game.
8.23am: The final quarter is underway. Can India hold on to their lead and claim their first hockey medal at the Olympics after 41 years?
8.20am: At the end of the 3rd quarter: India - 5, Germany - 3.
8.13am: The referee has changed the yellow card to green. Which means Germany will be a man short for only 2 minutes.
8.12am: Germany are a man down for the next 5 minutes after the referee awarded a yellow card. Can India make the opportunity count?
8.05am: India are on the attack here. Trying to put Germany under pressure and build on their lead.
8.01am: GOAL!!! and another one... India have scored two goals in under a minute to go 5-3 up in the game. While the first goal came off a penalty, the second one was a field goal scored by Simranjeet Singh.
7.56am: The second half is underway. Which of the two sides will go ahead first?
7.44am: India - 3, Germany - 3, a minute before the halftime.
7.42am: Quite a goal fest. India have pulled one back with Rupinder Pal Singh's drag-flick landing in the German goal.
7.38am: GOAL!! Germany are back in the game and how. The German forwards are now toying with the Indian defence. Germany - 3, India - 1
7.35am: Germany have gone 2-1 up in the game.
7.32am: After thwarting the German onslaught in the first quarters, Team India is now dominating the possession.
7.29am: GOAL!!! India have scored the equaliser. India have increased the pace of play in the second quarter. Simranjeet Singh scored the goal, his first of the tournament.
7.22am: Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has made some amazing saves to ensure that Germany cannot build on their lead. At the end of the first quarter: Germany - 1, India - 0.
7.20am: Indian defence is under the pump here. Third consecutive corner for Germany after the hooter for the first quarter went off.
7.17am: Germany get a penalty corner in the dying seconds of the first quarter.
7.13am: Germany is troubling India with their long passes and counterattack.
7.08am: India have been on the counterattack, with skipper Manpreet Singh and Harmanpreet managing to win a penalty corner each. But India are still a goal behind Germany.
7.02am: GOAL!! Just two minutes into the game, Germany has sent the ball past the Indian defence to go 1-0 up.
7am: The action has begun. Will India be able to overcome the German challenge and claim the bronze medal?