Indian hockey team failed to back their impressive win over New Zealand and stumbled to a crushing 7-1 loss to Australia in their second Group A game in the Tokyo Olympics. The Manpreet Singh-led side will now hope to turn the tables against another stern opponent, Spain on Tuesday.
Daniel Beale gave Australia an early lead in the first quarter of the game. In the same quarter, Australia dent another blow as Jeremy Hayward went through India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, giving Australia a 2-0 lead. Soon after, Flynn Ogilvie scored to make it 3-0. India had no answers to the Australian assault and conceded another goal to go 4-0 down.
India opened their account in the third quarter when 21-year-old Dilpreet Singh rose up to the challenge. However, Australia once again restored their four-goal lead as Blake Govers scored through a penalty stroke, making it 5-1. Minutes later, Glovers scored his second goal to add to India’s embarrassment. In the fourth and final quarter, Australia scored one more goal to register a thumping win.
In the opening game, Manpreet Singh-led side beat New Zealand 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinal. Meanwhile, Australia had come into the match on the back of an scintillating performance against Japan, dodging a whopping five goals against the host to book a berth in the quarterfinals of the showpiece event.