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FIH Olympic Qualifiers, India beat Russia 4-2, Highlights: As it happened

Catch all the highlights of FIH Olympics Qualifiers first leg between India and Russia through our live blog.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 01, 2019 21:49 IST
FIH Olympic Qualifiers, India beat Russia 4-2, Highlights: As it happened
Live updates: India men’s team take on Russia in Olympic qualifier first leg

The winner over two legs will seal a spot in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

08:30 PM IST

Russia up the ante

In the 10th minute of the match, Russia get their first penalty corner and what a mess they have made of it. The Russian player on the boundary of the circle failed to trap the ball, and it just went outside, landing possession in India's corner.

08:28 PM IST

HT's Karan from Kalinga Stadium

CHANCE! Evgeny Artemov makes a stunning run from his half and passes it with a reverse stick to Alexey Sobolevskiy in the center of India's circle. Sobolesvsiy forces a save from Sreejesh.

08:22 PM IST

India score early goal

In the 5th minute of the match, a penalty stroke has been awarded to India. It has been converted brilliantly by Harmanpreet Sing and that' the first goal in the match.

08:18 PM IST

India on front foot

The Indian team has started well and they are hogging majority of the possession in opening stages of the match. India will look to take an early lead and put pressure on the visitors.

08:09 PM IST

India take on Russia

Indian women's team have done the job in their first leg qualifier and now it is time for men's team to do the same who will take on Russia. The national anthems are being played now and the match will begin soon after.

07:53 PM IST

Match ends

India win 5-1 to take a massive advantage in the tie. They will now have to complete the job tomorrow in the second leg. India skipper Rani Rampal has been adjudged the player of the match.

07:42 PM IST

USA pull one back

Nikki concedes a penalty stroke with 7 minutes to go. USA

Erin Matson converts from the spot. This mean would mean a lot to the visitors. It all counts. Remember, there is another game tomorrow. USA would be happy to reduce the gap as much as they can.

07:38 PM IST

HT's Karan from Kalinga Stadium

GOAL! A penalty corner leads to India getting a penalty stroke in the 51st minute, which has been converted by Gurjit. India lead 5-0 now.

07:34 PM IST

10 minutes left

India are 4-0 up and there is just 10 minutes left to be played in the first leg. As things stand, India have taken a giant leap towards Olympics. But the two-legged tied isn't over yet and they can't be complacent.

07:26 PM IST

HT's Karan from Kalinga Stadium

Excellent start to final quarter by India as they have scored an excellent goal early on. Talk abut counter attack! Sharmila devi runs, passes it to Salima, who gets it to Navneet Kaur inside the circle. Navneet picks it up and hits it straight into the back of the net. Breathtaking! India 4-0 USA.

07:19 PM IST

Third goal for India

GOAL! 6th PC for India in the 42nd minute as Rani Rampal’s run hit the leg of a USA defender. Gurjit finally hits a strong flick at the back of the net to get India their third goal

07:15 PM IST

India double their advantage

GOAL! Lilima Minz, the goalscorer runs from the left hand corner and build a one-two partnership with Navneet Kaur at the flank. The two passed it between two USA defenders and she went inside the circle, only to hit it in front of the goal. Sharmila Devi gets a soft touch and it hits the back of the net.

07:09 PM IST

HT's Karan from Kalinga Stadium

Fourth PC for India in the match, and this time it is Monika who takes the shoot. It was saved by the goalkeeper. and the return hit from behind,issed the target by a whisker.

07:05 PM IST

Injury scare

Nasty injury to Vanadana Katariya as she goes down after gettinga hit on the stomah from a shot by a US player. The team rushes to her aide, but she stands up and gives a signal she is okay. The crowd goes wild as she waves back to them

07:03 PM IST

Third quarter begins

India will look to keep hold of their lead or even extend it in the third quarter. Against the run of play, India scored a goal just before half time and they will be eager for similar level of performance in the final 30 minutes of the match.

First published: Nov 01, 2019 17:15 IST