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Olympics 2021: Indian women's team go down fighting against Great Britain in the bronze medal match

Catch all LIVE scores of India vs Great Britain Women's Hockey bronze medal match at Olympics 2021
Updated: 06 August 2021 09:23 IST - Published: August, 06 2021 05:56 AM IST
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The Indian Women's Hockey team may be coming home without a medal, but they are coming back with a lot of confidence, with many new lessons learnt, with a lot more experience, with a lot more variety, and most importantly, with a hunger and hope to progress even further next time out! Do not criticize them for coming back without the bronze, but support them, cheer for them, for they are an inspiration to millions and billions of girls worldwide, and along with the men's team they too are keeping the hope of Hockey alive in India! On that note, we bid you a goodbye from a successful Hockey campaign in Tokyo Olympics 2020! We still have our athletes competing in various other disciplines, so do not forget to log in and check them out. Do take care and stay safe! Goodbye!
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Let's keep the applause going!
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Social media is flooding with messages of support for the Indian side, who look distraught at the loss. But they can hold their heads high as it is through their efforts that Indians women's hockey has found its way onto the world map. And we at Sportskeeda, commend them for everything that they have done not just these few weeks, but over the last 4-5 years! 
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It wasn't anything if not valiant from the Indian women's team as they took the game to the defending champions and nearly pulled it off. The historic run should still mark the start of a new era for women's hockey in India. Right now, it is time to celebrate the titanic efforts of every single one of Sjoerd Marine's charges!
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The Indian eves gave it their everything and they will finish 4th at the 2021 Olympics. Fall short by just the one goal, but this has been a  trailblazing run nonetheless and we can all be extremely proud of the performance!
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Full match analysis.

India were put on the back foot straight away from the start, with Great Britain dictating terms, making plays, making gaps, and creating chances. India failed to adapt quick, and took a while to find their feet. GBR meanwhile did not take long to set things in motion, and enjoyed possession. They failed to score, but there were many attacks, and the game flow indicated, a goal will be coming in soon. 

Early in the second quarter, Britain continued from there they left off, and snuck in an early goal to take the lead. India were still toyed with, and were dictated. Britain continues to move the ball around quite well, and did not feel threatened yet. They managed to double the lead late in the second quarter, but this was the fuel India needed to light the fire. 

India struck back immediately, won penalty cornes, created chances and within the final 5 minutes of the first half, not only did the manage to score, they scored, equalized, and took the lead. The game had turned and India were looking better than before. Hope glimmered around the entire nation, but there was still time to go. 

India started the second half in command as well, and continued to create chances, but Great Britain eventually took back the momentum they had, and they managed to score early with half a chance. This goal brought back the horrors of the first half, and India were caught on the back foot yet again. Britain started to enjoy more of the possession, but India kept fighting, and kept creating chances. 

One final quarter stood between India, and a medal! But GBR, the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, were not going home without a medal. They sneaked in a winner in the early minutes of the last quarter, and with India, a player short, were all over the place. GBR were exploiting the gaps, and were making attack look very easy. 

India gave them a fight till the last minute, but India just could not get that fourth goal. They did create chances, they did come close, they did everything we can expect from them, but they came up just short. Ranked 9th in the world, India had no business fighting for the bronze medal two weeks ago, but they made it, defied all odds, and have created history! 

Nothing to take away from the Women's team. They have done their nation proud, and they should come back with their chins held high, for the future is bright for this team. This performance in Tokyo 2020 should be a benchmark for this team, and they will surely get better and better with time. 
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Final scoresheet:
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Full time. India 3-4 Great Britain. 
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And India is DENIED a medal! Heartbreak for the women in blue as the players fall to the ground in despair.
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Salima Tete creates a chance through the left, but India trying to create something let it go! Great Britain keep it together for the final seconds, and India will have to wait a little longer to take that final leap in history! 
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60' - Great Britain come away with the ball and this may end in heartbreak!
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60' - India hanging by the thread as Neha wins the ball for a final attack!!
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ONE LAST MINUTE! 
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India under pressure and are looking fragile, very fragile! 
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No good says the video referral, and India still looking for that penetration that can bring in the equalizer! 
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India lose the ball as this is slipping out of hand!
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90 seconds to go!
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58' - India lose their referral! Still Indian ball!
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This is a crucial crucial decision for the video umpire! 
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58' - India looking for dangerous ball in the circle. This is BIG!!
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India giving their everything, but GBR not budging! They know what's at stake, and they are not willing to let loose. 
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Final 2 minutes! Where will the goal come from and we need some inspiration to come from one of the players.
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57' - It is going down to the wire as Salima Tete comes up with another strong run.
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Navjot gets in a threatening cross into the danger zone, but no one able to get at the end of it. India need to push for the final 3 MINUTES! 
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56' - A good cross at goal by Navjot, but India fail to get the final tap. Will that be a costly miss??!
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Great Britain are enjoying possession once again, and controlling the flow of the game! Position needs to be taken back by the Indians! 
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Final 5 minutes!
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55' - India comes clear as Sarah Jones fails to capitalize on a good run.
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54' - India on the backfoot as it is a free hit just outside the circle for Great Britain.
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53' - Rani and Navneet doing good work in the midfield, but still need to come forward with purpose.
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India back to full strength as they go searching for that equaliser! They scored 3 goals in a span of 5 minutes, but can they score one more here? 
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Final 7 minutes! Can we make something happen here?!
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Another rehydration break. Great Britain leads India 4-3.
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Salima Tete has been really fluent with her dribbling, but no support for her down the right! A rehydration break now!
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52' - Salima Tete's incredibly smooth runs continue. Long Corner.
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52' - India coming into the circle again, but no corner this time.
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