Barring the match against Australia, the Indian hockey team has performed well so far in the Tokyo Olympics. By winning three matches out of four, the team has ensured a place in the quarter-finals. The Manpreet Singh-led side defeated defending Olympic champions Argentina 3-1 in the fourth match of Group A on Thursday. Captain Manpreet Singh gave a big reaction after the victory in the match. He said the loss against Australia was a wake-up call for the team.
After the match, Manpreet said that the tournament is not over. Tomorrow is our match against Japan and there is still a lot left to do. We won't think about how we beat the defending Olympic champions yesterday. We all played well and dominated the first three quarters, but still, we missed opportunities. Our defense did well and we will continue it further in the tournament and focus on tomorrow's match. We created a lot of chances and we will work on our last pass. The quarter-finals and the match against Japan will be difficult because they will be a good team and they will not give us easy chances.
Talking about the 7-1 loss to Australia in the pool game, Manpreet said, "It was a wake-up call for us. We were very disappointed and focused on our next matches. It is summer, but we are in a strong position because there we were training in the afternoon and here also our matches are scheduled before noon. So we have profit. But the weather is the same for everyone. Let us tell you that Team India has to play the next match against host Japan on Friday at 3 pm Indian time.
Talking about the match against Argentina today, India started the match well. The defenders did not give the defending champion a chance for rhythm in the midfield. Dilpreet Singh had a good chance to score for India in the first quarter, but the Argentine goalkeeper defended very well. After scoring no goals in the first two quarters, Varun Kumar scored for India in the 43rd minute. After this, Vivek Sagar Prasad (58th) and Harmanpreet Singh (59th) scored in the final minutes of the match to win the match. The only goal for Argentina was scored by Schuth Casella in the 48th minute. He converted a penalty corner into the goal.