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Team India Beats Spain 3-0 in men's hockey at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Rupinder Pal Singh scored a brace as the Indian men's hockey overcame a demoralizing defeat in the previous match to cruise past Spain 3-0 as the Indian men's hockey team bounced back from their crushing loss to Australia in the previous match at Tokyo Olympics on Monday. A goal from Simranjeet Singh and a brace from Rupinder Pal Singh ensured India win ín this crucial encounter. The team will next take on Great Britain on Wednesday, July 28.

After giving away seven goals against Australia in the previous match, the Manpreet Singh-led team was looking to get back to winning ways and they did so in style. Simranjit Singh opened the scoring for the team in the 14th minute with a superb low shot which went well beyond Spain's keeper and into the bottom corner to give India the lead. Rupinder Pal Singh increased the lead in the very next minute by smashing in a penalty stroke. PR Sreejesh stood tall between the goal-saving Spain's penalty corners. India managed to maintain their 2 goal lead at the end of halftime.

India, ranked fourth in the world, had earlier defeated New Zealand 3-2 in their opening fixture. Spain, on the other, is yet to register a win in the competition. Having played two quarters on the defensive, India extended the lead to 3-0 when Rupinder converted a penalty corner in the 51st minute. This was Rupinder’s second goal of the match and the third in Tokyo.

The Indian men’s hockey team has played three matches at Tokyo 2020 so far. India won their opener against New Zealand 3-2 and then lost 7-1 to Australia. India will play their fourth pool A match against defending Olympic champions Argentina on Thursday.


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