In the third-place match, India’s men’s hockey team defeated Germany 5-4. Historic goals were scored by Simranjeet Singh (2), Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, and Hardik Singh. Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya secured India’s fourth Olympic medal after securing gold or silver.
- The Indian men’s hockey team made history by defeating heavyweight Germany 5-4 in the bronze medal match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Historic goals were scored by Simranjeet Singh (2), Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, and Hardik Singh.
- The Indian hockey team also won their first Olympic medal, ending a 41-year drought.
India’s men’s hockey team wins a historic bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, defeating Germany 5-4.
On Thursday morning, the Indian men’s hockey team made history by defeating heavyweight Germany 5-4 in the bronze medal match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya ensured a gold or silver medal on Wednesday evening, this is India’s fourth medal at the present Olympics.
The Indian hockey team also won their first Olympic medal, ending a 41-year drought that began with a gold medal in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
The Indian hockey team needed historic goals from Simranjeet Singh (2), Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, and Hardik Singh to establish themselves as the new greats of the Indian sport.
In the second minute, Germany’s Timur Oruz became the 10th individual goal scorer for Germany in this Olympics, putting them ahead. They dominated the opening quarter, forcing India to block five penalty corners in the final minute to stay in the game.
Simranjit Singh scored for India from open play with a powerful reverse stick strike to tie the game up at 1-1.
The elation was short-lived, however, as Germany scored two goals in the space of two minutes to bring the score 2-1 in their favor. The Indian defense clearly lost attention, as Niklas Bosserhoff and Furk Benedikt exploited the defensive flaws to reclaim the lead.
However, the Germans had little time to react as India scored two consecutive penalty corners to tie the game at 3-3 in a flash. Harmapreet Singh and Hardik Singh were the main characters on these occasions, with Hardik Singh tying the score.
- In the bronze medal match for men’s hockey, India defeated Germany 5-4.
- Timur Oruz scored within the first two minutes of the game to give Germany an early lead.
- Hardik Singh scored on the rebound of the first goal, and Harmanpreet Singh added a second goal with a spectacular dragflick.
- In the third quarter, Rupinder Pal Singh and Simranjeet Singh each scored two goals.
- In the last quarter, Lukas Windfeder grabbed one back for Germany, but it wasn’t enough to send the game to the shootouts.