Home / Sports / Olympics News /  Tokyo Olympics: India women lose hockey semi-final 1-2 to Argentina

The Indian women's hockey team put up a fantastic display of skill and tenacity during their semifinal encounter against World No. 5 Argentina at the Tokyo Games on Wednesday.

Gurjit Kaur gave India the lead early in the semifinal match by converting a penalty corner. However, in the end, Indian women emerged second best. The women's hockey team lost 1-2 to Argentina.

Noel Barrionuevo, the Argentina skipper, scored her second goal today to put them ahead against India in the women's hockey semi-final match.

The Rani Rampal-led side will now face Great Britain in the bronze medal match on Friday. On the other hand, Argentina will take on the Netherlands in the gold medal match on the same day.

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.

Earlier on Monday, the Indian women's hockey team created history at Oi Hockey Stadium -- North Pitch -- as they qualified for the semi-finals of the Olympics for the very first time after defeating Australia 1-0.

Argentina defeated Germany 3-0 in their quarter-final earlier on Monday.

India played seven matches there the first two against the Argentine youth team which the visitors drew 2-2 and 1-1. India then played two matches against Argentina's B team and lost both 1-2 and 2-3 respectively.

Against Argentina senior side, India played three games, managing a 1-1 draw and losing 0-2 and 2-3 respectively.

India captain Rani had on Tuesday said that the win over Australia is a thing of the past and their focus is on the remaining two games in the competition.

“We made history by just reaching the semifinals and now we are looking forward to the semifinals, because we don't want to just finish here," Rani had said. “In this tournament there's two more games left for winning medals," she said.

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