FIH Olympic Qualifiers, India beat Russia 4-2, Highlights: As it happened
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The winner over two legs will seal a spot in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Russian goalkeeper saves a penalty corner from India in the last minute as the match ended 4-2 in India's favour. The second leg will be played on Saturday with India taking a two-goal lead.
Russia strike again
GOAL! Final minute PC to Russia - and once India concede a late goal, as the flick from Semen Matkovskiy landed in the right. India 4-2 Russia
Hosts survive scare
PC to Russia in the 54th minute. Alexander Skiperskiy takes the flick, and it leads to a consecutive PC for the visitors. Artem Nadyrshin takes it this time around, but his shot completely misses the target.
India lead 4-1
GOAL! Now that's a well-constructed one from India. Sunil to Manpreet from right. Manpreet sends it ahead inside the cirlce to Mandeep, who nets it in with a clean hit. IND 4-1 Russia
India extend lead
GOAL! Harmanpreet passes it to Nilkanta, who gets inside the circle fron the right, and then sends it to Sunil at the centre. The goalkeeper got a touch to it, but the ball found the intended target, and Sunil easily passes it into the empty net. India 3-1 Russia
Third quarter ends
CHANCE! Manpreet passes it SV Sunil inside the Russian circle. Sunil gets a stick to it, but he only deflected it ove the goalkeeper's head. End of third quarter, India lead 2-1. Kalinga stadium is absolutely silent.
HT's Karan from Kalinga Stadium
SV Sunil steals the ball with an exceptional interference. He passes it to Siranjeet, who tries to get it away to Akashdeep, but he was noway ready to receive the pass. Possession wasted by India.
Referral goes against India
Russia's man-to-man marking not allowing Indian team to break past the midfield. Finally, Akashdeep gets a ball inside, and the hosts get a PC. Russia take a video referral. It has gone Russia's way and NO PC for India!
Hosts up the ante
Few minutes into the first quarter and already India are going full attacking mode. India would be hoping to get a comfortable lead by the end of this quarter, or pressure will only be added in the final 15 minutes.
Third quarter begins
India will look for better performance in this quarter after not being at top of their game in the previous two quarters. They are leading 2-1 but their performance hasn't been anywhere close to their optimum levels.
HT's Karan from Kalinga Stadium
A last minute penalty corner to India in the 2nd quarter. Harmanpreet's flick was saved by the goalkeeper. India's lead remain 2-1 at the end of first half. This is certainly not going how the crowd had anticipated it. Things could get real ugly for the hosts in the final two quarters.
India go into the break with a slender one-goal lead. After Harmanpreet's opener, India were stunned by Kurayev equaliser. But Mandeep sent India ahead once more with a clinical finish. 30 minutes left to be played in the match
Vivek Sagar Prasad passes it to Mandeep Singh inside the circle, who hits the ball with a reverse stick to the back of the net. India take 2-1 lead.
Surprise, Surprise! Russia have found a way to get back into the match in the 2nd quarter. Andre Kurayev scores from the edge of the box. India will have to up their game now as Russia are giving them a tough fight.
First published: Nov 01, 2019 17:15 IST