India, Britain and Holland advance to men’s quarter-finals

TOKYO: India advanced to the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament thanks to an inspired 3-1 win over Rio gold medallists Argentina while South Africa avoided being sent home after a surprise win over Germany.

Holland and Britain secured their quarter-final spots after a 2-2 draw in their game, putting them out of reach of South Africa and Canada in their group.

India fought back after conceding an early goal against their South American opponents, pulling level in the second half and then scoring another two late goals.

Harmanpreet Singh, Vivek Prasad and Varun Kumar all scored for India.

“Feeling great after the win, but there’s a lot of things to improve,” said defender Rupinder Pal Singh.

“The important games are coming in a few days.”

In Pool B, the fast South African team pulled off a 4-3 win over 2016 Olympic bronze winners Germany.

World champions Belgium sent Canada home with a 9-1 victory to stay perfect in Pool B.

Even if they win against Canada today, South Africa are unlikely to progress to the knockout stages due to Germany’s much better goal difference.

If Germany secure one or more points through a draw or a win against Holland in their final match they will be guaranteed a place in the knockout stages. — Reuters

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