India’s men Hockey team thrashed Russian Hockey team by 4-2 at Kalinga Stadium, Odisha.
In the first leg of Olympic qualifiers, India’s men Hockey team registered a 4-2 win over Russia and start their Olympic 2020 campaign on a winning note.
Indian forward, Mandeep Singh has scored two goals in a match and helped his team to win their first match in Tokyo Olympic qualifiers.
Indian Hockey team is now favourites to book the spot in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
About the match
India got a brilliant start in the match as Harmanpreet Singh successfully converted a penalty stroke into a goal, in a 5th minute of the match. After some time, Russia’s Andrey Kuraev scored an equalizer.
FT: 🇮🇳 4-2 🇷🇺— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 1, 2019
Kudos to our #MenInBlue for claiming their victory over Russia in the first-leg of the ongoing @FIH_Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha. 👏 #IndiaKaGame #INDvRUS #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #KalingaKalling #GiftOfHockey pic.twitter.com/IvY3jfafY4
Just after Kuraev’s goal, Mandeep Singh did not take much time to give a lead to his team. In the 24th minute, Mandeep scored a goal and gave a lead of 2-1 to India.
After the half-time, Mandeep Singh and Sunil SV scored a goal for India (one-one each) and taking India’s tally to four goals. In the final minute of a match, Russia won a penalty and successfully converted that into a goal.
Star Performer – Mandeep Singh
In the Olympic qualifiers match against Russia, Mandeep Singh became a player of the match for India. The 24-year-old forward scored two goals in a match and helped his team to register a comfortable victory over Russia.
The second leg match of Olympic qualifier between India and Russia is on November 2. The aggregate winner at the end of the two-match qualifier will book its place for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.