The Indian men's hockey team defeated Russia 4-, while the women's team beat USA 5-1 in the first-leg of two-legged Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Women's side led by Rani Rampal played confidently and score goals in quick succession to take home four-goal advantage going into the second leg. Manpreet Singh-led men's team got tough competition from their Russian counterpart but managed to sneak in a close win. Despite not playing to their full potential they managed a two-goal lead going into the second leg. The second leg will be played on Saturday and the aggregate winners at the end of the two-match qualifier (each for men and women) will seal their places in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Men's Hockey Olympic Qualifiers: Highlights Between India vs Russia Straight from Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
21:55 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
That's all from us for tonight. We will be back tomorrow when these sides will face each other in the second leg. Don't forget to tune in.... Till then take care!
21:45 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
India win the first leg 4-2!
The final hooter goes and with that India win the first leg 4-2. They will head into the second leg with two-goal advantage.
21:44 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Penalty stroke to India!
India win a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the game. Russia players avert the danger for the time being but the referee awards another penalty corner. Russian goalkeeper makes a tremendous save to keep Russia alive in the tie.
21:41 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Penalty corner for Russia!
Simranjeet fails to keep his foot out and concedes a penalty corner with less than a minute to go. After so many mistakes, Russia convert the penalty corner to reduce the gap to two goals.
21:39 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Penalty stroke to India! Russian launch counter-attack!
Akashdeep Singh wins yet another penalty-corner for India. The move is foiled by the Russian defence and they swiftly launch a a counter-attack. But yet again they failed to finish things up inside enemy's box.
21:36 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Game set for brilliant finish!
Less than five minutes left in the game. India lead by three goals. Can they retain this lead or will Russians be able to score? We shall find out in few minutes time.
21:33 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Penalty corner for Russia!
A brilliant move from Russia ends in them winning penalty-corner. Referee awards another penalty-corner to the visitors. This time the the drag flick goes wide of the goalpost.
21:32 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Mandeep scores his second!
Mandeep Singh scores his second goal of the evening to put India in a comfortable position in Odisha. India lead by 4-1.
21:30 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Under 10 minutes left in the game and India are looking to slow things down, while Russia have adopted more offensive approach.
21:27 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Sunil scores to extend India's lead!
Sunil scores early in the fourth quarter to extend India's lead to two goals. IND3-1RUS.
21:26 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Russian defense once again foil India's chance of scoring off a penalty-corner. Their goalkeeper has been just incredible in front of the goalpost.
21:24 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Final 15 minutes get underway!
The fourth and the final quarter begins and India will look to extend their lead.
21:20 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
3rd quarter ends goalless! India lead 2-1!
The third quarter ends goalless and India still lead by just one goal as the scoreline remains at 2-1.
21:18 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Russia playing with great confidence... India not so much!
Russia have done incredibly well so far in the this game. Can they keep the goo work going in the remainder of the match, only time will tell. India, on the other hand have not played to their potential, but still have time to turn things around but will they be able to do so.
21:10 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
On-field decision overturned... Russia retain their review!
Referee awards a penalty-corner to India and Russia have challenged it saying that the ball was high and dangerous. The TV umpire rules in Russia'a favour and the on-field decision has been overturned. Russia keep their review.
21:05 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Great chance goes begging for Russia!
Russia once again fail to make most of a great opportunity inside Indian box as the shot went wide of the goalpost.
21:02 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Second-half gets underway!
Players from both sides have taken field. We are ready for the second-half. India get the ball rolling to start the third quarter.
20:55 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Half-time hooter goes! India lead 2-1
Half-time hooter goes and India lead 2-1. Mandeep Singh scored in the 24th minute to restore India's one-goal lead after it was canceled out at the start of the second quarter.
Swift move from Russian players finds the Indian defenders napping but the deflection went juts wide off the Indian goalpost.
20:37 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Russia back on level terms!
Russia start the second quarter in tremendous style as they score an early goal to cancel out Harmanpreet Singh's opening goal.
20:33 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
First quarter ends! IND1-0RUS
Harmanpreet Singh scored off a penalty-stroke to give India an early lead.
20:26 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Penalty corner for Russia!
Russia have a golden opportunity to score the equaliser via a penalty corner. But their stopper couldn't stop the ball on the line as he missed the ball completely.
20:21 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
India go 1-0 up!
The TV umpire ruled in India's favour and asked the referee to award India a penalty stroke. Harmanpreet made most of thepenalty stroke by putting it past the Russian goalkeeper to give India early lead.
20:20 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
India's counter-attack foiled!
India launched a counter-attack and almost managed to score. The move was foiled by a brilliant save form the Russian goalkeeper. The Indian player has taken a review as the he thinks he was stopped illegally.
20:16 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Russia off to a positive start!
Russia off to a positive start as they get the first shot on target of the match before India.
20:13 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
The match begins!
The countdown start and here we go.
20:10 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Head to head!
India and Russia have played each other only once.
Final hooter goes and India beat USA by 5-1 in the first leg of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers.
19:48 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Penalty-corner for India!
USA player wins a crucial penalty corner but couldn't make most of it. In fact, since they had committed most of the players forward, it allowed India to launch a counter-attack.
19:40 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
USA score their first!
The referee awarded USA a penalty stroke and they converted it to reduce the gap by one goal.
19:37 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Penalty stroke to India! India go 5-0 up!
The US player committed foul inside the box and referee has awarded a penalty stroke to India. USA have take review but the TV umpire ruled in India's favour. Gurjit converts that penalty stroke to take India's lead to 5-0.
19:33 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
USA win penalty-corner!
USA win another penalty-corner, with less than 10 minutes left in the match. India have, however, challenged the referee's decision. The TV umpire ruled against India and with that the hosts lose their referral.
19:25 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
India off to a flying start in the final quarter as they add one more to their tally on counter-attack, making it 4-0.
19:22 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Third quarter ends!
India scored two more goals in the third quarter to triple their lead. One of them was a field goal while the other one was a result of a penalty-corner conversion.
19:17 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
India score third!
Indian skipper Rani Rampal uses all her experience inside enemy's box and wins another penalty corner for her side. India triple their lead in no time.
19:15 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
India double their lead!
Shabila scores the second goal of the day to double India's lead. The move began outside the box and lovely change of play provided the Indian player with ample time in front of the goal and she made most of it.
19:12 (IST)Nov 01, 2019
Another good save from USA goalkeeper!
Indian win another penalty-corner and once again the USA goalkeeper came to his side's rescue as she averted the danger by coming herself completely towards the ball.