History maker India women eye Argentina scalp to make maiden hockey Olympic final
A historic feat already achieved, a rampaging Indian women's hockey team would aim for more glory when it takes on mighty but beatable Argentina in the semifinals of the Olympic Games here on Wednesday.
Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur rose to the occasion when it mattered and converted India's lone penalty corner in the 22nd minute to surprise the world's number two side.
The men's team fell short against world no.1 Belgium, losing 2-5 in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Under their performances here, the Indian women's team also got a major boost when it jumped to seventh in world rankings, their best-ever ranking.
But having registered three wins on the trot after as many losses, the momentum is in India's favor.
The recent head-to-head record, however, gives Argentina the edge.
Before the Olympics earlier this year, the Indian women's team toured Argentina as part of the preparation for the Games. India played seven matches there -- the first two against the Argentine youth team which the visitors drew 2-2 and 1-1.
India then played two matches against Argentina's B team and lost both 1-2 and 2-3 respectively.
Against Argentina's senior side, India played three games, managing a 1-1 draw and losing 0-2 and 2-3 respectively.
India captain Rani's eyes are already set on the big final as she said on Tuesday that the win over Australia is a thing of the past and their focus is on the remaining two games in the competition.
''We made history by just reaching the semifinals and now we are looking forward to the semifinals because we don't want to just finish here,'' Rani had said. ''In this tournament, there are two more games left for winning medals,'' she said.
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