Tokyo Olympics: Indian Eves Beat South Africa

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Tokyo: Forward Vandana Katariya scored a hat-trick as the Indian women’s hockey team struggled to put it across South Africa 4-3 in their final Group A match in the Tokyo Olympics women’s hockey competition, keeping alive their hopes of reaching the quarterfinals for the first time.

India will now hope that Ireland, also on three points from four matches, lose against the defending champions Great Britain in the last league match of the Pool. If Ireland lose or draw, India go through to the quarterfinals with six points. If the Irish win, they finish fourth and go through as they have a better goal difference.

Vandana scored in the 4th, 17th, and 49th minutes for her treble while Neha Goyal contributed one goal as India went ahead three times only to see the South Africans regroup and level score on all three occasions.

But the Indians could not be denied on Saturday as they scraped through by absorbing the pressure in the final quarter for their second successive win in the event. Vandana became the first Indian woman player to score three goals in a match in the Olympics.

The Indians could have easily made things more difficult for Ireland as a big win would have improved their goal difference which is -7, while Ireland are on -5. In the current scenario, Ireland have to win by just a one-goal difference to make it to the quarterfinals.

Things were not easy for India. The match could have easily gone out of their hands because of some sloppy defending as they allowed the South Africans to come back into the match every time the Indians scored a goal.

Vandana set the ball rolling in the 4th minute after India earned a penalty corner in the first minute itself. Though they missed the penalty corner, India maintained the pressure and Vandana capitalised on it as she put India ahead 1-0.

But the South Africans levelled the score with around 15 seconds remaining in the opening quarter as Tarryn Christie Glasby scored off a fine counter-attack.

Vandana scored in the 4th, 17th, and 49th minutes for her treble while Neha Goyal contributed one goal as India went ahead three times only to see the South Africans regroup and level score on all three occasions.

But the Indians could not be denied on Saturday as they scraped through by absorbing the pressure in the final quarter for their second successive win in the event. Vandana became the first Indian woman player to score three goals in a match in the Olympics.

The Indians could have easily made things more difficult for Ireland as a big win would have improved their goal difference which is -7, while Ireland are on -5. In the current scenario, Ireland have to win by just a one-goal difference to make it to the quarterfinals.

Things were not easy for India. The match could have easily gone out of their hands because of some sloppy defending as they allowed the South Africans to come back into the match every time the Indians scored a goal.

Vandana set the ball rolling in the 4th minute after India earned a penalty corner in the first minute itself. Though they missed the penalty corner, India maintained the pressure and Vandana capitalised on it as she put India ahead 1-0.

But the South Africans levelled the score with around 15 seconds remaining in the opening quarter as Tarryn Christie Glasby scored off a fine counter-attack.

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