After making their maiden Olympic semi-final, the Indian women's hockey team lost to defending champions Great Britain in a thrilling bronze medal play-off at Tokyo 2020 on Friday. India conceded two early goals, then fought back to take a lead of 3-2. But Great Britain hit back with two goals. India finished fourth. Catch highlights of the India vs Great Britain hockey match here. (AUGUST 6 LIVE UPDATES | SCHEDULE | MEDAL TALLY)
8:46 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
It's over. India lose the bronze medal match. Third back-to-back medal for Great Britain. Bronze in London, gold in Rio and bronze in Tokyo.
8:44 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
India lose referral. And no PC, but India keep the ball. Then, Great Britain launch a counter and they are happy to keep India busy in their half.
8:42 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
India keep pressure on. Salima Tete wins on the run. One Great Britain down after getting hit on the head by the deflected ball from Tete's hit. Then, India take a referral for the dangerous ball. Rising
8:41 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
India win possession back. Navjot Kaur sends in a cross but fails to find the onrushing team-mate. India still keeping Savita Punia.
8:39 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
Great Britain keeping the possession. Win a long corner. Indian players claim Hannah Martin carried but the umpire not interested. Another circle penetration. But India defend well. Less than five minutes left.
8:35 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
Ball hit the foot of one of the Indian players. And normal play resumes. India attack again. Switches flanks from left to right. Nice stick work from Salima Tete to win a free-hit. But Hannah Martin up to the task as GBR thwart the Indian attack. Final cooling break.
8:32 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
Despite a player down, India keep the pressure on and win their seventh PC. Great Britain challenges. Looks like Leah Wilkinson deliberately pushes the ball out of the play, beyond the byline. And it's a PC. Gurjit Kaur on the field.
8:31 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
Less than ten minutes left in the match. India win a free-hit inside their own half as one GBR player carried. India then lose possession inside the attacking half. Udita is back, then Nisha Warsi gets a green card.
8:27 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 4-3 India
Back-to-back PCs for Great Britain. Another one. Another one, and this time, GB breach Indian defence. Between the legs of Savita Punia. Third goal for Grace Balsdon in Tokyo 2020.
8:26 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 3-3 India
One player down and India face flurry attacks from Great Britain. Carry by Salima Tete and PC for GB.
8:23 AM IST: Fourth-quarter - Great Britain 3-3 India
Final 15 minutes and, within seconds in the fourth quarter, India concede a PC. Udita crashes into an attacking Great Britain player inside the D. Yellow for Udita.
And what a brave rush. Nisha Warsi copes one, one for the team. India saved.
8:18 AM IST: Third-quarter - Great Britain 3-3 India
Good spell for India. But fail to make an impact. Great Britain, while, continue to make circle penetrations. Seconds before the end, Savita Punia saves another. India, then on the counter, win a long corner and forced the umpire to check for PC from the following play. Ball hits the foot of one of the GB players at the second post. Gurjit Kaur not on the pitch. India waste the PC.
And it's the end of the quarter.
8:13 AM IST: Third-quarter - Great Britain 3-3 India
Aert and blessed. Savita Punia once again leaves her line to save the team. Good goalkeeping, diving to her left to deny Izzy Petter. Another save to deny.
8:09 AM IST: Third-quarter - Great Britain 3-3 India
After a brief cooling break, both the teams ready for the remaining seven minutes in the quarter. Great Britain, after scoring their third goal, are once again in the ascendency. Back-to-back attacks.
8:05 AM IST: Third-quarter - Great Britain 3-3 India
India launch a quick attack. And win a PC for a body check inside the D. But Great Britain defend well.
8:03 AM IST: Third-quarter - Great Britain 3-3 India
Great Britain still with the ball. And Savita Punia to the fore with another brilliant save. But she's beaten, to the right. Double check by the umpire. It's given. Goal for Great Britain captain, Hollie Pearne-Webb.
8:00 AM IST: Third-quarter - Great Britain 2-3 India
And Great Britain get the first PC from the first chance they get in the quarter as one of the Indian players raises the stick to the dangerous level. Monika Malik, the last man on the line, does well to clear the danger away.
7:57 AM IST: Third-quarter - Great Britain 2-3 India
Third-quarter on. Momentum with India. And they are showing confidence, keeping the ball, asking Great Britain to chase.
7:54 AM IST: Third-quarter - Great Britain 2-3 India
It seemed like Great Britain players have seen a ghost in Tokyo. They took a two-goal lead, dominated the game, creating chance after chance. Then, the defending champions stopped playing. Savita Punia, under the bar, produced at least four saves of the highest class to keep India in the match and came Gurjit Kaur, who else! Two conversions from PCs and a poaching goal from Vandana Katariya.
7:45 AM IST: Second-quarter - Great Britain 2-3 India
Seconds left in the quarter. And India happily run down the clock.
What a comeback. Down 0-2, India hit back with goals from Gurjit Kaur and Vandana Katariya.
7:44 AM IST: Second-quarter - Great Britain 2-3 India
And what. India's persistence in the last couple of minutes pays off. And takes the lead with a scrambled goal. Check for carry.
It's a goal for Vandana Katariya.
7:38 AM IST: Second-quarter - Great Britain 2-2 India
What a run from Salima Tete. One of the best. India win ball back just outside the D, and Salima beat at least four Great Britain players and win a PC.
And from it, Gurjit Kaur scores. She beats Maddie Hinch to the left again. Four goals so far for Gurjit, and all in knock-outs.
7:36 AM IST: Second-quarter - Great Britain 2-1 India
India win their second PC. Then, another. And Gurjit Kaur makes it 1-2 for India with a cracking drag flick.
7:33 AM IST: Second-quarter - Great Britain 2-0 India
Stunning goal from Sarah Robertson. England star produces a tomahawk and there's no stopping that bullet.
7:32 AM IST: Second-quarter - Great Britain 1-0 India
Desperate defending from India. England, probing the Indian defence, using the switch to good effect and the move ends with off the target attack. Nisha Warsi gets a green card for a poor challenge, just outside the Indian D.
7:29 AM IST: Second-quarter - Great Britain 1-0 India
Finally, India get their real chance. Forces Madeleine Claire Hinch to produce a stunning save. From the following play, India get their first PC. Messy PC. None of the Indian stoppers aren't ready.
7:24 AM IST: Second-quarter - Great Britain 1-0 India
India yet to create a chance, but Great Britain got three in the first 15 minutes including one PC. And soon, they take the lead with a brilliant field goal after attacking the baseline. It's an own goal. But the goal for Elena Sian Rayer, the last attacking player.
7:17 AM IST: First-quarter - Great Britain 0-0 India
Sarah Robertson running the show in the midfield as Great Britain dominate India. Minutes ago, Savita produces brilliant footwork to clear the danger away with a well-timed, well-directed kick with her left foot.
And it's the end of first-quarter. So far, so good for India. But the defensive line looks leaky and uncertain.
7:15 AM IST: First-quarter - Great Britain 0-0 India
Another Great Britain move, this time from the right flank. And Savita in action again.
7:14 AM IST: First-quarter - Great Britain 0-0 India
Every time Great Britain get a move, they are testing Indian defence. Yet another circle entry and Savita Punia saves India with some brilliant goalkeeping.
7:12 AM IST: First-quarter - Great Britain 0-0 India
Poor game from Nikki Pradhan to allow Great Britain to launch an attack. And PC, second for England, courtesy a Navneet Kaur mistake. But relief for India.
7:10 AM IST: First-quarter - Great Britain 0-0 India
England win the free-hit just outside the Indian D. ANd India induce a foul. Brilliant runs from Sharmila and India having a good spell.
7:06 AM IST: First-quarter - Great Britain 0-0 India
Fiona Crackles sends the ball over the bar. India yet to get their first circle penetration. And they continue to press hard. And India are pushing bodies forward. But England win the possession back. A slow start to the match.
7:03 AM IST: First-quarter - Great Britain 0-0 India
India's first and Navneet Kaur, who got injured in the previous match, produces a fine run down the right flick. Great Britain win the ball back and the first PC of the match.
7:01 AM IST: First-quarter - Great Britain 0-0 India
Great Britain, in reds, start the proceedings. India in blues.
6:50 AM IST: Players and match officials are ready for the showdown. National anthems. Great Britain first...
6:30 AM IST: Here's a look at India's line-up
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The women’s hockey gold medal match will see hot favourites the Netherlands taking on Argentina. The Dutch are now just one win away from being in possession of the World, European, FIH Hockey Pro League and Olympic titles. However, they are not expected to have everything their own way against Las Leonas. Fascinatingly, Argentina were the last team to beat the Netherlands, inflicting defeat on the Dutch during their FIH Hockey Pro League encounter in Buenos Aires in February 2020, with the Oranje claiming a 3-1 victory the following day.
Indian women's hockey team will seek revenge for their 4-1 defeat at the group stage against Great Britain at Tokyo 2020. Having surprised Australia in the quarterfinals and lost a close contest against Argentina in the semis, this is a vastly different Indian women's team. After Indian men finished on the podium, the girls will look to go full steam against Great Britain, a team they have beaten in February last year.
Hannah Martin has scored four goals, the most for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics. Vandana Katariya has scored the most for India with three.
India: Rani Rampal, Savita Punia, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita Duhan, Monika Malik, Navjot Kaur, Neha Goyal, Nisha Warsi, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Vandana Katariya, Reena Khokhar, Namita Toppo
Great Britain: Hollie Pearne-Webb, Maddie Hinch, Laura Unsworth, Anna Toman, Hannah Martin, Sarah Jones, Susannah Townsend, Sarah Robertson, Ellie Rayer, Izzy Petter, Leah Wilkinson, Giselle Ansley, Fiona Crackles, Shona McCallin, Lily Owsley, Grace Balsdon, Sarah Evans, Amy Costello