The Australian Men’s Field Hockey Team hosted an aggressive show to start the Olympics.
On Sunday, the No. 1 team in the world defeated No. 4 India 7-1. The explosion occurred the day after the Kookaburra recovered from a 3-1 deficit and defeated Japan 5-3.
“It’s a real pleasure for us to play and perform like that after yesterday,” said Australian midfielder Flynn Ogilvie, who scored the goal.
“In the last 18 months, there hasn’t been much international competition like many teams, so playing against a quality team like India and demonstrating its performance is the rest of the tournament. It gives me some confidence. “
Australia’s forward break govers scored two goals against India.
“If you score seven goals, you have to be pretty happy,” said midfielder Australian Daniel Beale, who also scored a goal.
“I think we’re more happy with the four quarters together. Yesterday the second quarter expired, so today we made a pretty good save 1-0 to move on. I think, and from that momentum, you can put seven that you will never go to. Please be dissatisfied. “
India’s Manpreto Singh, the 2019 FIH Player of the Year, said his team’s mistakes can be corrected. He said Sunday’s score difference didn’t make much sense and the team still had great expectations for Tuesday’s match against Spain.
“We’ve given them an easy opportunity, so we’re disappointed with today’s results,” he said. “They have created goals. We need to work on our skills and make tighter markings, and every time we get a chance in an opponent’s circle, we miss some good chances today. So we need to score a goal. “
The Netherlands were trying to recover from their defeat to Belgium on Saturday, but realized that they could hardly win the weekend.
South Africa, which has never exceeded 10th place in the Olympics and was ranked only 14th in the world, led 3-0 in the second quarter. The Dutch bounced back, scoring 5 goals in a 25-minute span and winning 5-3.
In other men’s actions on Sunday, New Zealand beat Spain 4-3 and Argentina beat Japan 2-1.
In women’s play, Germany beat defending champion Britain 2-1.
German captain Nike Lorenz wore a rainbow in his left sock during the match as a symbol of support for the LGBTQ community. With the approval of the International Olympic Committee, the German Olympic Committee called Lorentz’s choice a “symbol of sexual diversity.” The IOC has recently relaxed how it enforces rules that historically prevent athletes from making political, religious, or other statements of belief or identity.
Germany’s Viktoria Huse scored in the second quarter, drawing the match 1 and Charlotte Stapenhorst added a winner in the third period.
Britain scored only one goal in 17 shots, while Germany scored two goals in six shots.
“If you go back tonight and look at the statistics, you’ll see that it was a really dominant performance,” said Defender and team captain Holy Pearln Webb of the United Kingdom.
“In a sense, it’s really disappointing because the three points had to be ours for the balance of play.”
In the opening round of both teams, 6th place New Zealand beat 2nd place Argentina 3-0. He scored no points in half-time before Kelsey Smith and Hope Ralph scored goals in the third period. Holly Pearson closed the score by scoring a goal with a fourth goal.
In other women’s scores on Sunday, China beat Japan 4-3 and Australia beat Spain 3-1.
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