Tokyo Olympics, Women's Hockey highlights: Netherlands beats India 5-1

Tokyo Olympics 2021 score: Here are all the commentary updates from the Summer Games as the Indian women's hockey team squared off against the Netherlands on Saturday.

Felice Albers (C) celebrates with teammate Margot Van Geffen after scoring against India during a women's pool A hockey match at the Tokyo Olympics.   -  AFP

This is Sportstar's match blog of the Indian Women's team's opening Tokyo 2020 Olympics hockey game against Netherlands at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

Tomorrow, the Indian men's national hockey team will take on another world No.1 side -- Australia -- at 3PM IST. Until then, it is good night from all of us!

The Dutch team relentlessly attacked the Indian backline and added another goal in the 52nd minute to finish a disappointing game for the Indian team.

MATCH REPORT | Olympics hockey: India women's team loses opening match 1-5 against Netherlands

However, a rush of goals from Netherlands including a spell of two goals in three minutes in the third quarter took the game away from India.

An early goal by Netherlands was met by a spirited fightback from India with a strike from Indian skipper Rani Rampal. From there, the Indian defence showed great discipline to stay in the game till half-time.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

AND THE GAME IS OVER! NETHERLANDS BEATS INDIA 5-1!!!

60' A comfortable save for Indian goalkeeper Savita in the dying moments of the match as the Dutch team looked to add more goals to their tally of five.

58' Excellent defending by Gurjit Kaur prevents Dutch midfielder Keetels from finding a Dutch stick inside the Indian inner circle.

55' Another drive from the right flank into the Dutch inner circle by Gurjit Kaur but the ball was probably too high. Free hit for Netherlands.

52' GOALLLLLLLLL!!!!! NETHERLANDS SCORES - great strike by Dutch defender van Maasakker to the right of the Indian goalkeeper following another well-taken penalty corner. Netherlands leads by four goals now.

51' A save by Savita saves India from falling further behind in the match.

48' Indian defender Gurjit Kaur sends the ball into the circle hoping to find an Indian stick but the Dutch back-line easily clears it away.

FOURTH QUARTER BEGINS!

The determined Indian defense was finally breached by the Dutch team and once it opened the floodgates, it did not look back. Netherlands 4-1 India.

THIRD QUARTER COMES TO AN END

45' GOALLLLLLLLL!!!!! NETHERLANDS SCORES - the Dutch team is wreaking havoc with one field goal after another. Dutch forward Matla with a shot to which the Indian goalkeeper had no answer.

43' GOALLLLLLLLL!!!!! NETHERLANDS SCORES - a brilliant field goal by the Dutch side. Excellent circle penetration resulting in an easy tap-in for forward Albers who gets her second goal of the game.

42' India has asked for a referrral claiming a penalty corner but the decision goes against it.

41' Indian skipper Rani Rampal tries to dribble past the Dutch defenders and wins a free hit near the Dutch goal.

37' Another dangerous move by the Dutch team searching for an Indian foot in the circle and a penalty corner but this time well cleared by the Indian defence.

33' GOALLLLLLLLL!!!!! NETHERLANDS SCORES - a perfectly executed penalty corner followed by a wicked deflection helps the Rio Olympics runners-up restore their one goal lead. Goal scored by Dutch midfielder van Geffen.

32' And straight away multiple attempts by the Dutch team at the Indian goal duly saved by Indian goalkeeper Savita.

SECOND HALF BEGINS!

India comes from behind to level the score 1-1 against the World No.1, Netherlands. Though the Dutch won four penalty corners, they couldn't convert any. The Dutch goalie, Koning misjudged the pace of the ball, which helped India tie the score with Netherlands.

SECOND QUARTER COMES TO AN END

29' Lauren Stam tries to get a chance to score the goal, but Indian defenders stop the Dutch woman.

27' Neha of India runs over to get a chance, but the Dutch defenders stop the attack.

24'- ANOTHER PENALTY CORNER- Netherlands has another chance, but it hits the post as Monika of India watches the ball go out.

23' Navneet Kaur takes a shot for India, but it goes off target.

22' GREEN CARD FOR LAURA NUNNIK! This is the first offence for the Dutch midfielder.

21' TWO PENALTY CORNERS FOR NETHERLANDS - India's goalkeeper Savita saves both the PCs.

19' India finally gets the possession of the ball as it is surrounded by the Dutch defenders.

17' Netherlands is in possession of the ball as India struggles to snatch the ball  from the World No.1.

India's skipper Rani Rampal equalises for India against Netherlands, after Felice Albers gave Netherlands the match's first goal.

FIRST QUARTER COMES TO AN END!

13' FIRST PENALTY CORNER OF THE MATCH- Netherlands earns a penalty corner, but Salima Tete helps India from conceding a goal.

11' India back in the game with the Indian skipper's brilliant goal.

10'  GOALLLLLL!!! INDIA SCORES- India's skipper Rani Rampal scores a goal against Dutch goalkeeper Josine Koning. 

9' Danger for India as the Dutch take control of the ball.

6' NETHERLANDS SCORES!!! Felice Albers helps Netherlands go 1-0 up against India.

4' INDIAN ATTACK! Navneet Kaur takes the ball forward on the left flank after receiving a pass from her skipper Rani Rampal. However, the Netherlands defence averts the danger.

2' EARLY CHANCE FOR NETHERLANDS! The Dutch players move forward with numbers to make a quick breakthrough. But they get dispossessed as India initiates a counter-attack.

AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

The team lineups are out!

India XI - Savita Punia, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Udita, Neha Goyal, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika Malik, Salima Tete, Rani Rampal, Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya.

COACH - S. Marijne.

Netherlands XI - Josine Koning, Caia van Maasakker, Pien Sanders, Lauren Stam, Laurien Leurink, Marloes Keetels, Laura Nunnink, Eva de Goede, Maria Verschoor, Lidewij Welten, Frédérique Matla.

COACH - A. Annan.

MEN'S MATCH UPDATE:

Germany thrash Canada 7-1 in the third Pool B match in men's hockey.

MEN'S MATCH UPDATE-

Great Britain defeats South Africa 3-1 in the second Pool B match in men's hockey.

INDIA WOMEN'S CAPTAIN-

She is the golden girl of Indian women’s hockey, its most prominent ambassador and an idol for an entire generation of younger players. In the spotlight ever since she made her debut at the age of 15, Rani Rampal has come a long way from the shy, awkward girl with a natural talent to the confident leader and talisman of the national team, all by the age of 26.

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, the ace Khel Ratna and Padma Shri awardee spoke at length about her dreams and the aspirations of her side and the lessons learnt over the years.

FULL STORY | Rani Rampal on Indian women's hockey team's for Tokyo: We’ve improved a lot in last four years

MATCH PREVIEW:

The Indian women's hockey team, coached by Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, has been making steady progress in the past few years, moving up the FIH World Rankings as well as making the cut for the major events.

Rio 2016 was India’s first Olympic appearance since 1980, and The Eves are back again for a second successive Games here at Tokyo 2020. They earned their place in dramatic fashion through the 2019 FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, claiming a thrilling 6-5 aggregate victory over USA in Bhubaneswar.

Having won the opening game 5-1, India found itself 4-0 down to the Americans in Match 2 before team captain Rani fired home a stunning fourth quarter strike to secure that all important ticket to Tokyo.

“This team has worked very hard over the last few years and has made progress consistently. There’s a good mix of experienced players and new talent, which is excellent," coach Marijne said.

"We look forward to taking on the best in the world in Tokyo. This is a team with a lot of potential and drive which we hope to channelise to our best performance yet,” he added.

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It may not be the reigning Olympic champion, but the Netherlands is without question the team to beat at Tokyo 2020.

Head coach Alyson Annan, the legendary former Australia international, double Olympic gold medallist and two-time FIH Player of the Year, has created a team very much in her own image: a perfect balance of outrageous talent, discipline and an unbreakable winning mentality.

The team has been almost unstoppable in recent years, claiming the 2018 Women’s World Cup before becoming both FIH Hockey Pro League and European champions in 2019 and 2021, respectively.

“It is a tough pool, but the other pool is also tough. All the opponents are great opponents. Of course, we are going for first place and to do our best in the pool. That is the goal in the first phase of the tournament," said Dutch defender Lauren Stam.

"It will be my first Olympics, so a gold medal would be amazing. Of course, a few of the girls already have one gold medal [from London 2012]. I’ve asked them many questions about what the Olympics are like, and what can I expect. But to win an Olympic gold medal, that would be amazing,” she added.

THE SQUADS:

India - Savita Punia, Deep Grace Ekka, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur, Udita, Nisha, Neha Goyal, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika Malik, Navjot Kaur, Salima Tete, Rani Rampal, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Sharmila Devi.

Netherlands - Josine Koning, Caia van Maasakker, Freeke Moes, Pien Sanders, Lauren Stam, Margot van Geffen, Sanne Koolen, Malou Pheninckx, Laurien Leurink, Xan de Waard, Marloes Keetels, Laura Nunnink, Eva de Goede, Felice Albers, Stella van Gils, Maria Verschoor, Lidewij Welten, Frédérique Matla.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

  • At what time will the Indian hockey team be in action?
    The hockey game against Netherlands will start today at 5:15 PM IST (8:45 PM local time).
  • Where to watch Indian events at Tokyo Olympics?
    The Sony Sports Network will broadcast Tokyo Olympics live in India.

    Sony TEN 3 HD/SD will telecast India events with Hindi commentary while Sony TEN 1 HD/SD and Sony TEN 2 HD/SD will have English commentary.

    Live streaming of the events will be available on the SonyLIV and JioTV apps.