South Africa’s performance from the start put pressure on India, although the knockout round hopes had ended earlier. India took the lead in the fourth minute with a salute. But South Africa did not give up.
They scored in the last minute of the first quarter. India regained the lead in the second quarter. India resumed play and took a 2-1 lead from the start. Just like the replay of the first quarter, South Africa came back just before the end of the second quarter. At the end of the first half, both teams were 2-2.
India retained their place in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics by winning the final pool of women’s hockey. In a thrilling match, India defeated South Africa by four goals to three. Vandana Kataria about the hat trick was the winner of the team. South Africa struggled to a 3-3 draw after falling behind each time, but did not respond to India’s fourth goal.
After this match, India is fourth in the group.
But India’s quarter-final position can only be confirmed after Ireland’s match. If they draw or lose, India will reach the knockout round as the fourth team in the group. But if Ireland beat Britain, India will be eliminated without reaching the quarterfinals.
India regained the lead in the third quarter. Neha scored for the team. South Africa once again put India under pressure and drew level. Their third goal came five minutes before the end of the third quarter. With this, the last quarter turned into a life and death struggle for India. With 10 minutes left in the match, Vandana’s hat trick gave India a 4-3 lead. But India was determined to give up this lead. South Africa struggled for a draw but India held on to victory.