India women’s hockey team defeated Australia 1-0 to reach their first-ever Olympics semi-finals thanks to a goal from drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur in the 2nd minute.
India will take on Argentina, who defeated Germany 3-0 to clear the quarter-final hurdle for the first time since 2012, in the semis on Wednesday.
Gurjit scored India’s only and winning goal from the lone penalty corner past Australia goalie Rachael Lynch, who had not conceded a goal in their four previous matches.
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For India though, it was goalkeeper Savita Punia’s heroics, that had social media dubbing her the ‘Wall of India’.
Savita kept out the Hockeyroos from eight penalty corners.
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 2, 2021
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) August 2, 2021
— பென்சில் JP ❤️ (@pencil_tweets) August 2, 2021
— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) August 2, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 2, 2021
The New ” WALL ” of INDIA ..
SAVITA PUNIA ..Take a bow ♂️ pic.twitter.com/Xt76jEaswp
— Jayaprakash (@itskJayaprakash) August 2, 2021
What a win!!! pic.twitter.com/d0GwDS4jhi
— Vikram Mahendra (@ElRealesVikram) August 2, 2021
— Vagisha (@vagishasoni) August 2, 2021
— Tokyo Olympics 2020 (@phlemzy_king) August 2, 2021
What a match! Great game by everyone, Savita Punia was phenomenal.
You have won our hearts!♥️
THE NEW DEFINITION OF WALL @savitahockey @TheHockeyIndia #INDvsAUS #TeamIndia #OlympicGames #SavitaPunia #hockeyindia pic.twitter.com/5GxfRS6286
— Vaibhav Singh Yadav (@ahirboxer) August 2, 2021
After the win, here’s how India celebrated –
Just raw, sheer emotions. ❤️
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 2, 2021
Savita’s saves ‘saved’ India in the quarter-final!