The hopes of Indian women’s hockey team of entering the Olympic quarterfinals are still alive as they managed to defeat the lower ranked South Africa team in the last group match. Vandana Kataria and Neha Goyal scored three and one goal respectively.
India will now have to play like that in the last group match to be held this evening, Ireland’s team loses to Britain or plays a draw. India’s Vandana Kataria created history in the match with South Africa. Vandana has become the first Indian female hockey player to score three goals in an Olympic match.
India started well in this match. He scored in the fourth minute itself. Vandana Kataria has scored this goal. However, this lead of India did not last long and just before the end of the first quarter, Glasby Christie of South Africa scored a goal and brought the scoreline to 1-1.
Vandana Kataria’s second goal
After this, the Indian team again took the lead over South Africa. He scored his second goal of the match in the second quarter. In the 17th minute, Vandana Kataria converted a penalty corner. With this goal, India took a 2-1 lead over South Africa.
In the second quarter, the Indian team once again gave South Africa a chance to make a comeback. This time Hunter scored with deflection. India lost its lead once again. South Africa scored this goal in the 30th minute. The score was tied at 2-2 after the second quarter.
Neha gave the lead to Team India by scoring a goal
After being tied at 2-2 in the second quarter, Team India scored at the beginning of the third quarter. Neha gave India the lead by scoring a goal in the 32nd minute. The goal came through a penalty corner. Although South Africa once again made a comeback. Marizen Marais scored from his side in the 37th minute to level the score at 3-3. Marais scored this goal in the 37th minute. Third quarter ended in a draw of 3-3.
Vandana’s goal won
In the fourth quarter, the Indian team once again took the lead. Vandana Kataria scored the fourth goal for India. Vandana scored in the 49th minute. This was his third goal in the match.