Women's Hockey Tokyo Olympics Highlights: Germany beats India 2-0

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

Deep Ekka of India in action against Anne Schroeder of Germany next to Udita and Lisa Altenburg.   -  REUTERS

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

Tomorrow, the Indian men's national hockey team will take on Spain at 6:30 AM IST. Until then, it is good night from all of us!

A disappointing game for India as it never seemed to be in control of the ball as the Rio Olympics bronze medallist Germany was in complete control of the game.

While India did get a chance to equalise the score at a point of time, Gurjit Kaur missed the crucial penalty stroke earned by a good video referral from captain Rani Rampal.

Germany takes the three points to stay in the second spot in the Women's Pool A ranking table. However, India has slipped down to last place having lost both the games it has played.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

AND THE GAME ENDS AS INDIA LOSES 0-2 AGAINST GERMANY!!!

60' Germans keep passing as they try to keep the ball away from India.

58' Zimmermann of Germany defends and is put in a tight spot.

56' Sharmila gets back on to the field with hopes of scoring goals for India.

55' German midfielder Amelie Wortmann is seen nursing her bruises in the bench.

54'- German attackers keep moving the ball around as Hauke almost misses the ball to the Indians.

53'- With one less player on the pitch, India is now in big trouble.

51'- YELLOW CARD FOR INDIA- Sharmila gets a yellow card as she tackles the Germans. She walks back to the bench.

48'- YET ANOTHER CHANCE FOR GERMANY- Germans fail to capitalise on the opportunity as the ball goes wide.

47' THIRD PC FOR GERMANY- Germans fail to score as the ball goes wide.

46'- Navneet tries to score a goal, Vandana deflects it out off the crossbar.

FOURTH QUARTER BEGINS!

Schroder hits the ball to Savita's right as the Indian goalkeeper watches the ball go past her.

THIRD QUARTER COMES TO AN END

43' GREEN CARD FOR GERMANY -Salima's defensive technique ensures India gets the possession of the ball. Germany's ball handling skills prove to be hard for India to handle. Green card for Anne Schroder, might be helpful for India.

Ball bounces away from Horn after she receives a pass.

Neha fails to score a goal as she tries to strike after entering the German 'D'.

38' GREEN CARD FOR INDIA. Vandana tries to score, but Sonntag dives brilliantly and saves the goal.

35'- GOALLLL FOR GERMANY- German Forward Anne Schroder scores as the ball rolls behind Savita. Gurjit must be pondering over her mistake.

32'- PENALTY STROKE FOR INDIA- GURJIT KAUR MISSES IT. A brilliant save by German goalkeeper Sonntag.

PENALTY CORNER- India cuts the pass and finally wins a penalty corner. The ball hits German forward Lisa Altenburg as India receives a penalty stroke via video referral by Rani.

31' 26-year-old Kira Horn takes over for Germany as she passes the ball back.

SECOND HALF BEGINS !!!!

India is trailing 1-0 against Germany. India would have to search for a quick breakthrough for the next two quarters.  Indian defenders would have to keep up with German defenders especially Viktoria Huse.

SECOND QUARTER COMES TO AN END

30' Indians just pass over as they try to find a chance to equalise the score but fail to do so in the first half of the game.

28' Granitzki is hit by the ball as she tries to defend Monika's attack. Granitzki signs to show she's not injured.

27' Germans deflect the ball and it fails to reach Navneet of India.

25' Vandana goes to the front and causes trouble in the German campsite. But the Germans aren't disturbed by the pressure as they receive the possession of the ball, yet again.

24' Lorenz goes down trying to attack.

22' A missed chance for Germany as it goes over the goal post.

21'- SECOND PENALTY CORNER FOR GERMANY- India in trouble, but blocked bravely by midfielder Salima Tete.

20'- Germany breathe a sigh of relief as India fails to capitalise on its chance of a goal.

19' - A referral for India, it's a success and no Penalty Corner for Germany. India immediately attacks as it gets the ball from Monika to Navneet and Neha taking the lead.

17' India still without a PC. 

16'- Germany working the ball around by passing.

Germany Captain Nike Lorenz scores off its first Penalty corner as India is 1-0 down in the first quarter.

FIRST QUARTER COMES TO AN END!

12' -GOOOAALLL FOR GERMANY- PENALTY CORNER- The first PC in the match and captain Nike Lorenz flicks the ball and it passes Indian goalkeeper Savita. Germany is 1-0 up.

11'- India moves forward on the left flank, as the German defenders put pressure as they take possession of the ball yet again. It is a surprise that the two teams haven't scored a goal yet.

9'- GERMANY ATTACKS- Savita's impressive stop douses Germany's chance of a goal.

8'- India's Udita pushes forwards and dives, misses the chance as Germany with the free ball yet again.

5'- India speeds up the left flank as midfielder Salima passes to Gurjit but German defenders are still in control.

3'- Germany takes control of ball and keeps possession.

2'- Germans keep passing the ball as Salima pushes the ball out.

AND THE MATCH STARTS!

Germans need to keep their momentum to replicate what they did to the defending Olympic gold medallist Great Britain.

In the match against Germany, India needs to dribble its way through the defenders and must take risks.

There is a need for Udita and Deep Grace Ekka to keep the Germans in check on the left flank.

WOMEN'S MATCH UPDATES- Argentina defeat Spain 3-0 in a women's hockey Pool B match on Monday.

The team lineups are out!

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

COACH - S. Marijne

Germany XI - Anne Schröder, Nike Lorenz(C), Lisa Altenburg, Franzisca Hauke, Amelie Wortmann, Julia Sonntag(GK), Kira Horn, Sonja Zimmermann, Viktoria Huse, Cécile Pieper, Selin Oruz.

Coach- X. Reckinger

- CURRENT RANKING-

Currently, India is number five in the Pool A points table having played and lost one game with a goal difference of four. However, Germany is placed third on the table after its win against the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist Great Britain having three points to its tally.

- HOW INDIA FARED AGAINST NETHERLANDS -

 The Indian Women's Hockey Team kicked-started its Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign with a disappointing 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in Group A at the North Pitch in Oi Hockey stadium Tokyo on Saturday.

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

- HOW GERMANY FARED AGAINST GREAT BRITAIN-

On the other hand, Germany’s Women’s Hockey Team surpassed the defending champions Great Britain 2-1 in its first game on Sunday. Surprisingly, there were two green cards and one yellow card given to Anne Schröder, Franzisca Hauke and Viktoria Huse respectively.

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THE SQUADS:

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

Germany- Anne Schröder, Jette Fleschütz, Nike Lorenz(C), Pia Maertens, Lisa Altenburg, Franzisca Hauke, Amelie Wortmann, Julia Sonntag(GK), Kira Horn, Sonja Zimmermann, Viktoria Huse, Maike Schaunig, Charlotte Stapenhorst, Cécile Pieper, Pauline Heinz, Lena Micheel, Hanna Granitzki, Selin Oruz.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

  • At what time will the Indian hockey team be in action?
    The hockey game against Germany will start today at 5:45 PM IST (21:15 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.52'