Tokyo Olympics: UK women’s hockey team sweeps aside India and Germany beat Ireland

Britain were comfortable winners against India
Date: July 23 – August 8 Time in Tokyo: BST + 8
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The UK women’s hockey team continued to defend their Olympic title with a convincing 4-1 victory over India in Pool A.

Hannah Martin opened the scoring in the first minute and doubled her with a backhand shot in the second quarter.

Sharmila Devi pulled a goal back to India, but Lily Owsley netted from close range to restore Britain’s cushion.

In the closing stages, Grace Balsdon went up to convert a penalty kick in the top left corner.

The victory temporarily moved Britain to second place in the pool, but they have now moved down to third after Germany’s 4-2 victory over Ireland.

Lisa Altenburg scored twice, while Cecile Pieper grabbed the other as the Germans built a leading lead in the match.

Elena Tice pulled one back in the third quarter and Hannah McLoughlin fired past German goalkeeper Julia Sonntag to give Ireland hope in the final minutes.

Germany, however, were too strong and Franzisca Hauke ​​added a fourth before the final summer – despite a lengthy video review in which Ireland claimed goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran was blocked in the build-up.

The defeat means that Ireland remains fourth in Group A, while Germany is now level with leading Netherlands at nine points.

Britain’s Tokyo 2020 campaign got off to a bad start last Sunday with one 2-1 defeat against Germany.

The Rio 2016 gold medals got back on track with one 4-1 victory against South Africa.

They face the Netherlands on Thursday, while Ireland play India on Friday.

The top four teams from each of the two groups of six advance to the knockout phase.

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