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Olympics 2021 Hockey: India seal convincing 3-1 win over Great Britain to cement semi-final spot

Catch India vs Great Britain Live Score and Updates from Quarterfinal of Men's Hockey at Olympics
Updated: 01 August 2021 19:23 IST - Published: August, 01 2021 04:27 PM IST
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Right then, what a fantastic display of skills from India to take them through to the semi-finals! They have taken this contest 3-1 against their opponents, Great Britain, who despite being presented with opportunities, were unable to capitalise on it. The Indians were pumped up right from the get go as Dilpreet Singh have them an early 1-0 lead in the first few minutes of the game itself. 

Although they were not given much possession, the Indians expertly grabbed the chances that were presented. A goal from Gurjant Singh in the second quarter gave them a comfortable 2-0 lead. After the break, Great Britain's approach changed as they took a more aggressive route. Despite that, multiple saves from goalkeeper Sreejesh prevented the Great Britain side from getting off the mark. 

There was some hope for the British as Samuel Ian Ward scored a goal in the dying moments of the third quarter. However, just as the Indian camp was starting to get a tad nervous, a goal from Hardik Singh in the 57th minute put have them a commanding 2 points lead. Desperation was evident from Great Britain but they just were not on top of their game today. 

India will match up against Belgium in their semi-final fixture on August 3rd while Great Britain have crashed out of the tournament. Is it coming back to the land of Major Dhyan Chand? 
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A very emotional Manpreet Singh after the match
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India vs Great Britain Match Statistics
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All smiles in the Indian dressing room. Tears of joy in the eyes of players and coaches. India are gonna face Belgium in the semifinal now!
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Full time: India 3-1 Great Britain. India have cemented a semi-final spot! Elation for india and the Indian captain is quite emotional. 
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Final 20 seconds 
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30 seconds left on the clock.
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Time and opportunity running out for GBR.
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60' Review from Great Britain upheld as they are awarded a long corner. 
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59' Manpreet Singh's suspension ends and he is back on the field.
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India seems to be home. GBR cannot possibly score 2 goals in 1 minute. 
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59' Yellow card awarded to Liam Paul Ansell.
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Final minute to go in this fixture!
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GBR have no keeper on the post as he is out injured and India are trying to capitalize on it.
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57' Another circle penetration from India but a good, diving save from the English player saves them a goal. 
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Last 2 mins
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57' GOAL! India 3-1 Great Britain! Just as the pressure was building on India, Hardik Singh has all but sealed the game for India! Had a go which was initially saved by the goalkeeper. The ball deflects off his pads and Hardik was quick to get to that and fire in another shot, which found it's mark!
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4 minutes left on the clock. Manpreet sweating on the sidelines.
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Sweltering conditions in Tokyo and the Indian players looks quite tired. 
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Final 5 minutes to go in this contest!
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Sreejesh will have to keep for India. There is no reserve goalkeeper on the bench for the Indians. 
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Shreejesh looks hurt down there. He's fixed his hamstring and said its good to go.
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India is only winning on the score card! very nervous on the pitch! 
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54' Sreejesh is on the ground. Seems to have gotten a cramp. 
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54' Another attempted shot from Samuel Ian Ward but misses his mark. 
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54' Penalty corner taken by Samuel Ian Ward but finds the rock solid Sreejesh once again. 
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54' Manpreet is off his feet as he puts in a dive and is awarded a yellow card. GBR will be having a numerical advantage over India for the next 5 minutes.
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India are completely parking the bus here while GBR are giving their level best for an equaliser.
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The Indian coach seems a lot more nervous now
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53' Brilliant run of play from GBR but Manpreet's excellent tackle denies a cutback.
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52' Plenty of substitutions from England 
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Circle Penetrations so far: 
India 6
GBR 13
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50' Penalty corner awarded to Great Britain after a referral goes their way. 

Shreejesh saves it brilliantly and keeps India in the game.
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Great Britain dominating possession in this quarter while India has switched to a very defensive approach. 
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Great Britain are dominating the game now. Indians look nervous. Can they hold on to their lead?
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48' A brilliant block from Amit Rohidas keeps away an attempted circle penetration from GBR. 
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Great Britain have a spring in their step in this quarter. They are just one goal away from equalising the score. 
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47' Penalty corner shot by Philip Roper but Sreejesh charged at it and put in a dive to keep it. 
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46' The referral is upheld and a penalty corner has been awarded to GBR
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GBR review for a potential penalty corner.
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46' An aerial pass but Zachary Wallace is unable to collect it cleanly and deflects it beyond the field of play. 
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The whistle is blown and the fourth quarter is underway!
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At the end of the third quarter, the score stands India 2-1 Great Britain. 
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