Tokyo Olympics men's hockey: India beat New Zealand 3-2 in first match

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New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jul 24, 2021, 10:15 AM(IST)

Tokyo Olympics men's hockey: India beat New Zealand 3-2 in first match (Photo credit - @Media_SAI) Photograph:( Twitter )

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Harmanpreet scored off successive penalty corners in the 26th and 33rd minute to give India a 3-1 lead.
 

Harmanpreet Singh scored two goals off penalty corners as India survived some anxious moments to scrape through to a 3-2 win against New Zealand to start their Olympic Games men`s hockey campaign on a winning note here on Saturday.

Rupinderpal Singh had equalised for India in the 10th minute after New Zealand had gone ahead off a penalty corner conversion by Kane Russel.

Harmanpreet scored off successive penalty corners in the 26th and 33rd minute to give India a 3-1 lead.

Stephen Jenness reduced the margin for New Zealand. The Black Sticks created a lot of pressure in the fourth quarter but could not find the equaliser.

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