Indian hockey team scripted history after they won an Olympic medal after 41 years. The men in blue were defeated by Belgium 5-2 in the semi finals and they were up against Eurohockey championships 2021 silver medallist Germany in the bronze medal match.
Indian hockey team was trailing 3-1 after both teams were tied at 1-1 after one quarter. However, second quarter was a goal fest as India draw level at 3-3 after in-experienced German goalkeeper who had less than 20 caps was under tremendous pressure.
India dominated the third quarter after Rupinder Pal Singh and Simranjeet Singh converted through a penalty stroke and a field goal respectively. Germans went all out in the 4th quarter and won several penalty corners which they finally converted in 49th minute of the game. They kept building attacks but tough Indian defensive structure and some luck prevented another goal. Germany team removed their goal keeper when 4 minutes was left in the game to find an equalizer and kept building attacks on India. Also read- Tokyo Olympics 2020: Netizens praise Naveen Patnaik after India won bronze in men’s hockey
With 15 seconds left on the clock, German team got the penalty corner and it was now or never opportunity which they could not convert, giving India a historic bronze medal. Germany were the Olympic champions of 2008 and 2012 Olympics and settled for bronze at Rio but it was a herculean effort to ousted Germany from a podium finish.
Twitterverse was emotional as tweets rolled out, after India scripted history. Here are all the best tweets.
Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian.
Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze. With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth. India is proud of our Hockey team. ?
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2021
Take a bow ?♂️
To come back from 1-3 down to win the #Bronze by defeating Germany 5-4
— Anupam Parmar (@anupam_parmar) August 5, 2021
Wait of 4 decades for medal over finally !india wins #Bronze in #Hockey #Olympics #Tokyo2020
Bravo India fought like warriors to turnaround from 1-3 to 5-4. What a match !what a comeback ! टीम इंडिया #TeamIndia #CheerForIndia
— Sushil Gaikwad (@onlysushil) August 5, 2021
Just as wrestler #RaviDahiya came back from 2-9 to win in the last 50 secs of his SF bout to set up a gold medal match today, #India’s men’s hockey team fought back from 1-3 against #Germany to win 5-4 & #Bronze Skill & mental toughness! #Tokyo2020
— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) August 5, 2021
This is much bigger win than cricket worldcup. Because it takes 41 years to reach at the podium.
— Saurabh Singh (@100rabhsingh781) August 5, 2021
Indian hockey team on the Olympic podium again after 41 years! Pulsating match. Germany giving it their all, but ultimately India win the day. From 1-3 down to a 5-4 win speaks of the skills, resilience, and ambition of this team. Upwards and onwards from here! #Tokyo2020
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 5, 2021
— Re-Discovered Man (@bangbangstarts) August 5, 2021
A dream come true moment for Indians.
— Dilip Kumar Tirkey (@DilipTirkey) August 5, 2021
Wow! moment What a game
— Ekram Urrab? (اکرام ) (@ekram_urrab) August 5, 2021