India vs Germany Highlights, Hockey Bronze Medal Match, Tokyo Olympics 2020: India have made history as they claim the bronze medal in hockey after 49 years and their first podium in 41 years as they beat Germany 5-4 in the third-fourth place play-off match. Timur Oruz scored an early goal to hand the lead to Germany as Simranjeet Singh equalised for the Indian men’s hockey team. Benedikt Furk and Niklas Wellen scored the second and third goals as Hardik and Harmanpreet equalised and Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty stroke and Simranjeet netted his second of the match to give India a two-goal lead but Germnygot one back through Lukas Windfeder.
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.
This is India's first ever medal at the Games since 1980 and 12th overall. India, an eight-time Olympic hockey champion, have thus secured their third ever bronze medal at the marquee event
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "This is a big moment- the whole country is proud of your achievement."
Congratulations to Indian Men’s Hockey Team! This is a big moment- the whole country is proud of your achievement.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 5, 2021
Well-deserved victory! #Olympics
Indian Prime Minister says: Indian men's hockey team "have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth"
Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2021
Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze. With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth. India is proud of our Hockey team. 🏑
Former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju says - "India in complete celebration mood"
After 41 years wait..!— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 5, 2021
A golden moment for Indian Hockey and Indian Sports! Finally, long wait is over as India defeated Germany to win Hockey Men's Olympic Bronze medal at #Tokyo2020
India in complete celebration mood! Congratulations to our Hockey players !! #Cheer4India 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/RmeGOnCpBn
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur wishes the Indian men's hockey team for winning the bronze medal.
A BILLION CHEERS for INDIA 🇮🇳!— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 5, 2021
Boys, you’ve done it !
We can’t keep calm !#TeamIndia 🥉!
Our Men’s Hockey Team dominated and defined their destiny in the Olympic history books today, yet again !
We are extremely proud of you!#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/n78BqzcnpK
India vs Germany Live Score
1st Quarter Done! India have hit the post and put the ball in the back of the net but the scoreline reads that Germany are ahead... With the sun beating down, match management will be crucial for both teams.
Germany got four back-to-back penalty corners right at the death after referrals... but India survive a mighty scare!
Tokyo Olympics Live: Hockey
What a lifted ball from defence for Germany as the forward takes the ball down and strikes it in one swift movement... but PR Sreejesh makes a superb save as he got into position to send the shot wide. The Indian men's team are getting hit on the counter as they look to get higher up the pitch...
India vs Germany Hockey Match:
Germany's squad: Alexander Stadler, Mats Jurgen Grambusch, Lukas Windfeder, Linus Muller, Martin Dominik Haner, Paul-Philippe Kaufmann, Niklas Wellen, Johannes Grosse, Constantin Staib, Timm Alexander Herbruch, Tobais Constantin Hauke (Captain), Jan Christopher, Justus Weignand, Martin Detlef Zwicker , Florian Fuchs, Benedikt Furk, Niklas Bosserhoff, Timur Oruz.
India vs Germany Live Score:
India's squad: Dilpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Hardik Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Harmanpreet Singh, Sreejesh Raveendran Parattu (Goalkeeper), Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Vivek Sagar Prasad
India vs Germany Live Score, Hockey Bronze Medal Match: India's last of the eight Olympic golds came way back in 1980 Moscow Games. But come Thursday, the Indian defence will have to pull up its socks and avoid repeating the same mistakes which it made against Belgium if they desire to stand on the podium here. Despite having four world-class drag-flickers in its armoury in Rupinder Pal Sngh, vice captain Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas, the Indians have a poor penalty corner conversion record, utilising just one out of the five they secured against world no.1 Belgium on Tuesday.
The Belgians played to their strengths as their focus was merely on earning penalty corners, especially with the likes of the tournament’s highest goal-scorer Alexander Hendrickx, who scored a hat-trick, and Loick Lupaert in their ranks.
Their ploy worked to perfection as put under pressure, the Indians lost their defensive shape and conceded as many as 14 penalty corners in the match, eight in the final quarter, to lose a bright chance to secure an Olympic medal after 41 years.
India’s last of the eight Olympic golds came way back in 1980 Moscow Games.
But come Thursday, the Indian defence will have to pull up its socks and avoid repeating the same mistakes which it made against Belgium if they desire to stand on the podium here.
Despite having four world-class drag-flickers in its armoury in Rupinder Pal Singh, vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas, the Indians have a poor penalty corner conversion record, utilising just one out of the five they secured against world no.1 Belgium on Tuesday.
The onus now is on the Indian defence and the likes of Harmanpreet, Rupinder, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas and star goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will have to be on their toes to come out triumphant against the might of Germans.
The Indians also need to avoid unnecessary tackles in front of their circle with skipper Manpreet Singh being guilty of getting a card at the start of the fourth quarter, which resulted in three back-to-back penalty corners for Belgium, the last of which was converted by Hendrickx to shift the momentum of the match in their favour.
Going by rankings, there is hardly anything to differentiate between the two sides as India are currently on third place and Germany on fourth.
But Germany would be a tough nut to crack for the Indians.
Having lost 1-3 against Australia in the semifinals here, the Germans would be determined to prove a point.
The clash between India and Germany would be a repeat of the bronze medal clash of the 2017 Hockey World League Finals. Back then, the Indians triumphed 2-1 against a vastly depleted German team.
Having failed to secure the gold medal here after two successive yellow metals in 2008 and 2012 Games, the Germans had to settle for a bronze in Rio 2016 and they would be determined to at least return with a podium finish from here.
Germany are the most successful hockey nation in the Olympics after India with four gold medals.
Striker Lukas Wendfeder is in great form, having scored scored six goals in the tournament so far.
The Indian defence is expected to have a busy outing on Thursday with the likes of Wendfeder, Florian Fuchs and Christopher Ruhr in the German side.
In the Olympics, both the sides have faced each other 11 times recording four wins each and three matches ending in draws.
Recently, India toured Germany in March this year during which they defeated the hosts 6-1 and drew a match 1-1.
India captain Manpreet Singh has already said that he is in no mood to dwell on the semifinal result.
“…now we need to focus on our next bronze-medal match and we need to work and we need to get the medal,” Manpreet had said after the semifinal loss.
“At least we should win a bronze medal for the nation,” he added.
In the men’s hockey final, Australia will face Belgium later on Thursday.