Prime News, National and International Sport, Hockey, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), November 2:- India beat Russia 4-2 in first leg of Tokyo Olympics qualifiers in Bhubaneswar.
Mandeep Singh’s brace and goals from Harmanpreet Singh and Sunil steered India to a comfortable victory over Russia in Friday’s match. Andrey Kuraev and Semen Matkovskiy scored one goal each for Russia. India captain Manpreet Singh was adjudged ‘Player of the Match.’
Dragflicker Gurjit Kaur struck brace while Lilima Minz, Sharmila Devi and Navneet Kaur were the other scorers. USA’s consolation goal came from a penalty stroke converted by Erin Matson.
Indian men and women teams will play their respective second leg matches against the same opponents today. The winners at the end of the two-match qualifier will seal their places in the 2020 Tokyo Games. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)