The India women’s hockey team created history on Monday as it entered the semi-final of the Olympics for the first time by stunning Australia 1-0 at the Oi Hockey Stadium North Pitch.
Earlier, the Indian eves had finished fourth in the 1980 Moscow Olympics however, the format was different as there were no knockout games.
India, who qualified for the knockout stages after finishing fourth in Pool A, started on a positive note against Pool B toppers Australia and kept the pressure on them throughout all quarters.
India opened its account in the second quarter when dragflicker Gurjit Kaur converted India’s first penalty corner in the 22nd minute.
Although Australia tried hard to equalise however, India’s defence was strong enough to let their opponents succeed throughout the contest particularly goalkeeper Savita Punia, who managed to save all the nine shots directed at her.
India will now take on Argentina in the semifinals.