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Tokyo Olympics: Navneet Kaur's sole strike hands India 1-0 win over Ireland in women's hockey group stage

Indian hockey continues with its fighting spirit in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In the women's group stage clash on Friday, India edges past Ireland 1-0, thanks to Navneet Kaur's sole strike, as India's medal hopes in the sport stay alive.

Tokyo Olympics: Navneet Kaur's sole strike hands India 1-0 win over Ireland in women's hockey group stage-ayh
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Tokyo, First Published Jul 30, 2021, 12:14 PM IST
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India is producing a spirited performance in hockey in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. On Friday, the Indian women were in action against Ireland, as it won the clash 1-0, thanks to the only strike from Navneet Kaur.

It was an intense clash in the opening three quarters while the Indians dominated the Irish defence, as goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran was rock solid in her position. However, in the 57th minute, Navneet put in the only winning goal, brilliantly assisted by Rani Rampal.

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After suffering three successive losses, India was determined to make this opportunity count, as it clearly produced the most scoring chances. Also, India had a total of 14 penalty corners during the tie but failed to convert either one of them, something that has been India's concern for quite some time now.

India now needs a win in its next game against South Africa. Furthermore, it also requires a defeat for Ireland against Great Britain to seal its quarterfinal berth, as the top four teams from each group make it to the same.

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