Tokyo Olympics: India end 41-year wait, beat Germany 5-4 to bag bronze in men’s hockey

The India men’s hockey team bagged bronze medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics as it defeated four-time champions Germany 5-4 in a thrilling contest.

It is also India’s first medal in Olympics hockey after a long gap of 41 years.

India showed grit and determination as they fought back brilliantly from a two-goal deficit to score an impressive 5-4 win.

After lagging behind by 1-3 margin, India  amde a comeback to level the score 3-3, all in the second quarter.

Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty stroke which gave India the lead and completed their comeback after which Simranjeet Singh scored their fifth.

For India, Simranjeet scored two goals while Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinderpal, and Mandeep Singh netted a goal apiece Oruz, Furk, Nicolas Whellen, and Windfeder were on target for Germany.

Earlier, India had won four out of their five group games to finish second in Pool A. They later outclassed Great Britain 3-1 in the quarter-final and ended their 49-year-long wait for a semi-final berth.

However, India went down against Belgium in the semi-final on Tuesday.

India had last won a bronze in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

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