Rio de Janeiro: The long wait of Indian hockey team to reach the knockout stages of Olympics Games finally ended after they made it to the quarter-finals of Rio 2016 Olympics despite a 2-1 loss against the Netherlands on Thursday.
India progressed to quarters on the basis of the results of other matches in their pool. A 4-4 draw between Argentina and Germany meant that India no team can replace them in the top four standings of the points table in Pool B. India’s finally position in the table is yet to be decided as they play Canada in their last group game.
In India’s group Nehterslands top the table with 10 points but with a better goal difference than Germany, a team which also has 10 points and are second position. India are currently third with six points while Argentina are at the fourth with five points. Ireland are fifth and Canada are sixth and have no chance of making it to the qualifying stages.
Finishing third will mean India face the team which finishes second in the other group, most likely Spain or Belgium. Both these teams have been in good form.
India had last made it to the knockout stages in 1980 Moscow Olympics. This was also the Games in which it won last of their eight gold medals in hockey. India have won a record eight gold medals at the Olympics.