The first day of the Olympics kicked off in some style. Indian hockey match was scheduled on the very first day of the Olympics against New Zealand. The match was scheduled to start at 7:00 IST at Oi Hockey Stadium South Pitch. Hockey is one of the sports which Indians are keen on as it’s one of the best chances to get an Olympic medal. India is a dominant force in the game of Hockey.
India defeated New Zealand 3-2 in a close contest. It was a hard-fought battle that Indians won eventually.
IND vs NZ: Shreejesh heroics help India beat New Zealand 3-2
It was Indian goalkeeper Shreejesh’s heroic efforts that helped India to cling on to a 3-2 lead in the final minutes. New Zealand was trying hard for the third goal and also got three penalty corners in the last few minutes, but Shreejesh denied New Zealand their third goal.
India began the match as favorites but soon was down 0-1. New Zealand’s lead was not for much longer as Rupinder Pal Singh scored off a penalty stroke to level scores 1-1. Harmanpreet’s efforts gave India a 2-1 lead at the end of halftime. Soon in the third quarter, India leads 3-1 but the lead was cut short by New Zealand. The final quarter was all about scoring for New Zealand and defense for India’s lead. India managed to stay in front and win the match at the end of all four quarters.
Watch India vs New Zealand Hockey Highlights HD Video
Here we will be sharing the HD highlights of the India vs New Zealand hockey match. The video will be soon be updated as soon as the video is available on Youtube by the official Olympics channel.