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Tokyo Olympics: India eyes victory against defending champions Great Britain in women’s hockey

India and South Africa are the only two teams that have not opened their account

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India will look to convert half-chances into goals when they take on defending champions Great Britain in their third game of Tokyo Olympics. India are languishing at the bottom of the Pool A table with two losses in two games. The Women in Blue suffered a crushing 1-5 defeat against World No 1 Netherlands in their first game. However, there was a remarkable improvement in their show against third-ranked Germany.

The Indians gave Germans a run for their money but lost the game 0-2. India created a lot of scoring opportunities against Germany but failed to convert them into goals, something they would like to do against Great Britain.

Pool A is headed by the Netherlands, followed by Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa. India and South Africa are the only two teams that have not opened their account. The top four teams will qualify for the quarterfinals and India have three games left to make a case for themselves.

India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne acknowledges the improvement but said it needs to continue if his side wants to secure a quarterfinal berth.

“We played better yesterday (against Germany) than our previous match. The quality of the play has to improve with each match, and that’s what we are focussing on,” he noted.

“It was unfortunate that we missed our penalty stroke, but I’m happy we created many opportunities to score, which was a positive sign. We played with a lot of energy and were able to put pressure on Germany.”

Great Britain has looked off colour in the tournament and if India can convert half chances into full, a win against the World No 5 would not be a surprise.

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