On Thursday, India’s men’s hockey team made history by defeating Germany 5-4 in a Tokyo Olympics match to capture the bronze medal. India won a medal in the Olympic Games after a 41-year wait, as the previous time they did so was in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, when they won gold.
India’s star player was Simranjeet Singh, who scored a brace in the 17th and 34th minutes. The other three goals for India were scored by Hardik Singh (27th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (29th minute), and Rupinder Pal Singh (31st minute). Meanwhile, Germany had a strong start to the game, scoring a goal in the second minute. In the opening quarter, India kept chasing the ball. Graham Reid’s team, on the other hand, came back in a big way in the second half, scoring three goals in the second quarter to tie the game at 3-3 at halftime.
With a goal of winning a medal, the Indians staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in sports history, coming back from a two-goal deficit to win the match. The third quarter belonged entirely to Team India, as they scored two more goals, laying the groundwork for a comeback. With a goal by Lukas Windfeder in the 48th minute, the Germans attempted a comeback in the last quarter. The Indian defence, on the other hand, held their ground admirably and denied Germany an equaliser.
India won a historic bronze by defeating Germany 5-4 in the final minute of the game, with goalkeeper PR Srijesh saving a penalty corner. The Indians, headed by Manpreet Singh and coached by Australian Graham Reid, savored the historic moment with tears and hugs on the pitch.
In the history of the Olympics, India has won three bronze medals in hockey. The other two were held in 1968 in Mexico City and 1972 in Munich.