After the lows of the 7-1 defeat against Australia, the Indian men’s hockey team bounced back in style in their third game at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, seeing off Spain comfortably.
The veteran Rupinder Pal Singh scored a brace and Simranjeet added one more as India won 3-0, registering their 2nd win of the competition so far.
Simranjeet….that was neat! #IND’s first goal against #ESP in their third #Hockey pool match put the team in a stylish early lead. #BestOfTokyo | #Tokyo2020 | #StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion pic.twitter.com/3EifN5gNAt
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) July 27, 2021
Simranjeet opened the scoring on the 14th minute before Rupinder added another in the very next minute giving India a comfortable cushion for the rest of the game.
Spain however could not find an equaliser and Rupinder’s second, once again from a Penalty Corner put the result of the game beyond doubt.
India had earlier defeated New Zealand 3-2 in their opening fixture. Spain, on the other hand, are yet to register a win in the competition. Spain drew 1-1 against Argentina before losing 3-4 to New Zealand.
India, who showed great character, energy and were effective in possession play defending champions Argentina next. The Indian team is currently placed 2nd with six points in Pool A after Australia, having won 2 of its 3 matches. They are yet to play Argentina and hosts Japan.
The top-4 teams from both Pool A & B will qualify to the quaterfinals.
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