New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian women's hockey team on Wednesday lost their semifinal match against Argentina 2-1 at the Oi Hockey Stadium North Pitch, ending their hopes for a Gold or Silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Rani Rampal-led side will now face Great Britain in the bronze medal match on Friday, whereas Argentina will take on the Netherlands in the gold medal match on the same day.

India went on to take an early lead in the match as Gurjit Kaur registered a goal through a PC in the second minute of the first quarter. There were no more goals in the first quarter and India held on to its lead after the first 15 minutes.

However, in the second half, Argentina skipper Noel Barrionuevo got the equaliser for the side and the scoreline was brought level to 1-1. The defence of India and Argentina was up to the mark in the second half, and as a result, the scoreline stood level at the half-time mark.

In the third quarter, Argentina went on to take a 2-1 lead as Barrionuevo scored her second goal of the match. India was not able to get the equaliser in the third quarter, and as it stood, Rani Rampal's side was left with everything to play for in the last 15 minutes. India tried hard in the fourth and final quarter, however, Argentina held its own and entered the finals of the women's hockey event in the showpiece event.

Reacting to India's defeat, PM Modi said the "stupendous" performance of India's hockey teams is one of the things people will remember the Tokyo Olympics for. 

In a tweet, Modi said, "One of the things we will remember Tokyo 2020 for is the stupendous performance by our hockey teams. Today and through the Games, our women's hockey team played with grit and showcased great skill. Proud of the team. Best of luck for the game ahead and for future endeavours." 

A brave Indian women's hockey team put up a gritty performance but it was not enough to secure a maiden Olympic final berth as it lost 1-2 to world number two Argentina in a hard-fought semifinal of the ongoing Olympic Games on Wednesday.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan