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Bajrang Punia vs Haji Aliyev men's 65kg wrestling semifinals Olympics LIVE: Scores, updates & commentary
By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedAug 06, 2021 03:25 PM IST

Catch LIVE scores from Bajrang Punia vs Haki Aliyev 65kg men's wrestling semifinals at Olympics 2021

15:25 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

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A bitter loss for Bajrang Punia. He came to Tokyo to get that gold medal for India but it won't be happening. He can now hope to refresh himself before tomorrow's important bout that will allow him to challenge for a bronze medal. 

The action from the Tokyo Olympics continues. We still have plenty to fight for with Aditi Ashok and Neeraj Chopra still in the hunt for a medal. You can catch all the updates on Sportskeeda. 

15:20 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Bajrang Punia now goes to the repechage round. 

He will face either Senegal's Diatta or Kazakhstan's Niyazbekov in the bronze medal match. 

15:15 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Here is the scoresheet from the bout

A win by points for Aliyev

15:13 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

A display of dominance by Haji Aliyev. He knocks out yet another seeded opponent. He was clearly the better wrestler in the bout, took the charge and made brilliant attacking moves. Bajrang Punia tried his best to make a comeback and was within 4 points but he will have to admit that Aliyev got the better of him. 

The Olympic gold medal continues to elude Indian wrestling.

15:10 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Punia is out of contention for a gold medal. He will now compete in the bronze medal match. 

15:10 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

BAJRANG PUNIA LOSES 12-5.

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India loses the challenge. 

15:09 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

We wait for the result of the challenge.

15:09 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

A challenge by the Indian coach. 

15:09 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Aliyev is now 11-5 up.

15:08 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Another 2 points for Aliyev. He gets them from a double leg hold. 

15:08 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Now or never for Punia

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30 seconds to go!

15:07 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Punia gets a take down and wins two points. The score is 9-5!

15:07 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Another point for Aliyev for pushing Punia out of bounds. 9-3!

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Punia gets around his opponent and gets two points. He cuts the lead to 5 points. 8-3!

15:06 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Punia escapes yet another double leg hold.

15:05 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Just two minutes for Punia to turn around the match

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He turns around his opponent and gains another two points. Aliyev leads 8-1!

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Aliyev gets a feet lay 

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Another single leg hold for Aliyev

15:04 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

The second round starts.

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Aliyev is 4-1 ahead with some good attacking moves.

15:03 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

End of round one.

15:03 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Another take down by Aliyev. Punia now trails 4-1!

15:03 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Bajrang gets a point but Aliyev responds with a leg attack and completes a takedown. Aliyev is 2-1 up!

15:02 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Aliyev goes for a move but Bajrang is able to defend the leg attack.

15:02 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Aliyev goes for a move but Bajrang is able to defend the leg attack.

15:02 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Aliyev goes for a move but Bajrang is able to defend the leg attack.

15:01 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

A passivity warning for Haji Aliyev,

15:01 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

A minute is up. No breakthrough for either wrestler.

15:00 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Intense grappling between the two.

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The scores are level after 30 seconds. 0-0!

14:59 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

And the bout begins...

14:59 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Bajrang Punia is out in the arena. He will be in the blue corner for this bout.

14:58 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

The wrestlers are about to make their way to the mat.

14:57 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Up next - Punia vs Aliyev.

14:57 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

We have our first finalist. Japan's Otoguro has defeated the first seed Rashidov by a score of 3-2.

14:54 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Bajrang Punia's semifinal bout will begin once the first semifinal ends.

14:50 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

At the end of first round, Japan's Otoguro is leading 2-0 over the current world champion Rashidov. 

14:45 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

The first semifinal between first seed Rashidov and Japan's Otoguro is about to begin.

14:43 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Not long before we see Bajrang Punia in action.

14:41 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

India has produced world class wrestlers over the recent past. Read up the article given below to know how the wrestling centres in rural India play a role in producing wrestlers like Punia who shine at the highest level.

14:38 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Punia and Aliyev have faced each other only once before. On that occasion, Punia got the better of the Azerbaijan wrestler with a score of 8-6. 

14:33 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

If he wins this semi-final bout, Punia will be assured of a silver. In case he loses, he will compete in the bronze medal match. Both these games have been scheduled for tomorrow. 

14:32 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Having confirmed his place in the semi-finals of the competition, Bajrang Punia is just one win away from securing a medal for India. 

14:30 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

Bajrang Punia has won 2 rounds in the 65kg competition so far. These are the results of his bouts:

1/8 Finals - defeated Ernazar Akmataliev 3-3, won by scoring a higher-point move.

1/4 Finals - defeated Morteza Ghiasi Cheka 2-1, secured a victory by fall.

14:27 (IST) 6 Aug 2021

A Reminder: Bajrang Punia's semifinal bout will begin at 2:55PM IST.
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