India vs Argentina semifinal women's hockey, Tokyo Olympics Highlights: After putting up a brilliant fight, Rani Rampal and her team endured a tough 1-2 defeat against world number 3 Argentina in their semi-final match at the Tokyo Olympics. The team will now face Great Britain in the bronze medal match after the former were thrashed 5-1 in their semi-final encounter against the Netherlands.
Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal for India, while Argentine skipper Maria Noel Barrionuevo netted twice. Rani Rampal and her unit scripted a historic upset earlier this week, when they defeated three-time champions Australia to secure a last four berth, making them the first Indian unit to achieve the feat.
Catch the Highlights from the India vs Argentina women's hockey semifinal match:
Here's what happened in the 1st quarter:
India start on a dream note as the side earns the first penalty corner of the match, which is flicked inside the left side of the goal by Gurjit Kaur. India go 1-0 up in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, Argentina is fighting back hard, but India is putting up a great show in defence. However, Argentina have earned their first penalty corner of the match, but the South American side is unable to make anything out of it.
After taking a 1-0 lead, India are maintaining a good possession, despite several circle entries by the opposition. Just before the end of the first quarter, Navneet's head clashes with an Argentine defender, however, we hope this isn't serious for both the players.
The first quarter comes to an end and Gurjit Kaur's brilliant drag-flick helps India go into the interval with a one-goal advantage.
Here's what happened in the 2nd quarter:
The second quarter is underway and Argentina have so far earned two penalty corners. In the first one, Argentina tried some variation but failed to produce anything out of it. However, in the second attempt, Argentina equalises after a powerful strike from their skipper Maria Noel Barrionuevo.
Argentina are mostly attacking from the left flank, but India are keeping up the ante and are matching up with a valiant display. Meanwhile, India squander off a golden opportunity to restore the one-goal advantage after Lalremsiami fails to hold onto an inch-perfect pass by Vandana Kataria.
Meanwhile, two penalty corners for India within a minute, while Argentina goalie Maria Belen Succi denies India in the first attempt, producing an excellent save. In the second attempt, India misses out after a miss communication between the Indian players after the penalty corner was taken.
Argentina have now earned a penalty corner on the other end, but Indian defenders maintain their calm and push the ball away from danger. As Argentina keep attacking from the left side, Salima Tete shows perfect grit keep the scoreline intact.
The second quarter comes to an end, and it belongs to Argentina, who equalise courtesey to their skipper's powerful shot off a penalty corner.
Here's what happened in the 3rd quarter:
Argentina generate the first attack of the third quarter coming from the left flank with Albertarrio Agustina tearing apart the Indian defence line. Comining inside the box, she tries to find her teammate and plays the ball across the goal, however, the ball is stopped right in front of the goal and umpire signals the match to go on. However, Argentina ask for a referal but it doesn't go in their favour.
Meanwhile, a rare attack from the right side as the ball touches the foot of an Indian defender Deep Grace Ekka. The Indian defender somehow manages to stop the first penalty corner, but the referee signals for another one. The second one is deflected back inside the Indian goalpost and Argentina take the lead but umpire goes for a TV referal to see if it was a dangerous ball. After a close look, the goal is given to Argentina and they now they take the lead. Barrionuevo Maria Noel scores her second goal of the match.
India are pushed back with Neha recieving a green card, she will be out of action for two mintues and India are now down to 10 players.
The two-minute violation is over as Argentina fail to take any advantage of the one-player advantage. The quarter has surely belonged to Argentina but it's not yet over for Rani Rampal's unit, who are putting up a great fight.
Here's what happened in the 4th quarter:
Rani Rampal leads the side from the front in the final quarter as she dribbles past a series of defenders and earns a free hit right outside the circle. But no goals yet as Argentina escape the danger.
That was close as India almost squeezed up an equaliser after a brilliant one-two inside the circle. India are putting the much-needed pressure on Argentina.
Meanwhile, with the domination in the final quarter and less than ten minutes to go, India earn a penalty corner. A perfectly executed penalty corner by the Indian unit as Gurjit Kaur's dragflick is saved by a diving goalie Maria Belen Succi.
Savita Pune rushes forward and closes the angle to keep India in the fight, as India continue to keep the pressure. However, Argentina too are defending tight as India find difficult to penetrate.
India maintained a great pressure against Argentina and came very close to equalising a couple of times in the final stages of the match but were denied by the opposition's great defending.
In the end the match finished with the scoreline reading IND 1-2 ARG.