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Olympics 2021: Indian women's side go down fighting 1-2 against Argentina in an intense semifinal, to play Great Britain for bronze

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedAug 04, 2021 17:35 IST

Catch all LIVE scores, updates of India vs Argentina Women's Hockey Semifinal at Olympics 2021

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That's all from our side on semifinals day on 2021 Olympics Hockey tournament. It wasn't the best on the finishes for us today, but the Sportskeeda team extends congratulations to the Indian women's hockey team on their splendid achievement. 

Make sure that you join us again for both of men's and women's bronze medal playoffs starting tomorrow morning as well as for other Live action that we continue to bring from Tokyo! Until then, stay safe and keep cheering for the Indian athletes. Goodbye for now!

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The messages of support have begun flooding social media as former players and other fans heap praises on the Indian eves for playing their hearts out in the game today!

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Heartbreak for the Indian women in the second semifinal of the women's hockey tournament at the 2021 Olympics. The side fought well today and can hold their heads high as they gave world no. 2 side a run for their money!

The loss cannot take away from the splendid run that they have put together these last two weeks. Sjoerd Marine's charges still have work to do as they are still in contention for bronze medal! That third place play-off is scheduled to be played at 7am on Friday, August 6!

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Final scoresheet:
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Full time analysis!
An intense game of Hockey this has been! Argentina do deserve the victory and they do deserve to march into the finals! India on the other hand should be extremely proud of their efforts, of what they have achieved, and of what they are capable of! 

First, getting past a full fledged Australian side, and now, giving Argentina a run for their money! India can hold their heads up high and focus on the bronze medal match! 

India started off the game really positively, scoring with the first chance they got, through a penalty corner. Gurjit Kaur was accurate with her shot and clinched another goal. But soon Argentina got into their groove and started dictating terms. They took control of the game, and started attacking much more fluently. 

In the second quarter, Argentina looked much more threatening and got in the equalizer through a penalty corner to pull the game back to level pegging. India were still impressive with their defense and did not budge at any moment. But their attack took a detour and were off colour at the end of the second half.

The third quarter started off similarly, with Argentina charging up the field and attacking at will. India were losing their shape and looked vulnerable and that's when Argentina took their chances. They won a couple of more penalty corners and managed to score again.

Towards the end of the third quarter, India were pressing up the pitch, being behind and had set the platform for the fourth quarter. When they started, they continued to press up but what they failed was to penetrate the circle enough. 

On the other hand, when they did, the Argentinian keeper was a rock at the back and was not letting anything go past her. She saved a couple of crucial chances, including a penalty corner, that would have been a goal, had it not been for her. 

Within the final minutes of the game too, India gave it their all, but could not manage that equalizer and fell just short. But they've lost after giving it a 110%, they have lost to the 2nd ranked team in the world, so they should be proud of themselves, and they should take in a lot positives from this. 

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India come up short! Argentina win and they go through to the gold medal match! The dream run for our Indian Women comes to an end in the semifinals! But what a performance it has been the women in blue; the dream for a podium finish is still alive as India will take on Great Britain in the third place play-off! 

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Argentina defeat India 2-1

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India lose the possession! Every player is up to attack! It is all over for India as Argentina managed to run down the clock!

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60' - Neha with the ball as Maria Noel protests the Indian ball!

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This should be it for Argentina now! They should progress into the finals! Just 17.4 second on the clock! Can India score???????

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60' - Long corner for India and a last chance for India!

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India lose the referral! Is it all over for India?!

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CRUCIAL REFERRAL!!! 

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60' - Shot at goal from Navneet but Succi SAVESS!! Monika runs up to the Umpire looking for dangerous play!

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SUCCI SAVES! OH MY GOD! AN INCREDIBLE ATTACK, PIERCED INTO THE DANGER ZONE AND NAVNEET KAUR TAPS IT TOWARDS GOAL! BUT SUCCI IS STANDING TALL TO BLOCK IT OUT! 

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Another free hit on the long corner line! 

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60' - India with a free hit just outside the circle.

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India win possessio! 

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Argentina penetrate the circle rather too easily, but there is no one on the far end to trap the ball! Last minute to go! 

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50 seconds left!!!

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58' - Navneet with the wrong pass again as India lose possession again!

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India win a free hit, and they need to create chances, as many as they can! Two minutes to go! 

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58' - Forward line is up in the attacking half as India looks to build an attack. 

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A promising attack, but Navneet Kaur loses possession and Argentina back with the possession. 

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58' -  Navneet looses the ball as India is pushed back again.

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India with a sense of urgency need to push up, the defense and midfield need to push up too! One goal for India, just under three minutes! 

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57' - Last two and a half minutes as Vandana looks to move forward. Support comes in from Monika and Navneet!

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Argentina trying to control the game and keep things under control as they look to work the clock down. 

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57' - India come away with the free hit just outside the circle, but they need to go forward in numbers now!!

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56' - India looking to steal the ball as Argentina continue to rotate left to right!

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55' - Argentina now looking to slow down the pace as we move to the business end.

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Savita to the rescue again, as she blocks a sure shot goal and keeps her team in the hunt! 

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54' - Savita steps out to close the angle for a deflection in the circle that really just came out of the blue!

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Just over five minutes to go! India still a goal down, and are in search for an equalizer! Can they pull it back? 

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53' - India has the ball as Rani comes back onto the pitch.

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Argentina are charging up now, and have attacked quickly a couple of times. They will want to score one more and keep a cushion. 

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53' -  India quick on the free hit, but Argentina steals as Vandana with the smallest of fumbles.

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52' - Poor mistake as Argentina steals. Sharmila does some work inside the circle to keep the ball out!

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India penetrating a lot now, and easily too, but inside the circle, Argentina have been very stubborn and have fended away everything. 

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52' - India using short passes a lot more and they are putting Argentina under pressure, but can they score?! Final 8 minutes!

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Succi saves once again! A great try and a great shot to the keepers right, who does well to keep it out. 
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