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'Mother of All Upsets': Twitter Ignites as Indian Women's Field Hockey Team Makes History in Tokyo

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Hockey - Women - Quarterfinal - Australia v India - Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - 2 August 2021. Players of India celebrate after winning their match.

In what was perhaps one of the biggest upset in field hockey in the history of the Olympics, the Indian women's field hockey team knocked out three-time champions Australia from the Tokyo Games on Monday. India's win was all the more remarkable considering they had lost their first three matches in the Japanese capital.

The Indian women's field hockey team's historic win over Australia was hailed on social media, with former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag leading the tributes on Twitter.

Other celebs also joined in lavishing praise on the Rani Rampal-led side as not many expected them to win the game, considering they had put up a poor show at the start of their campaign in Tokyo.

The reaction of the country's leading sports stars and fans came after the Indian women's hockey team made history.

Rampal and her girls stunned the 1988, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Champions Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals to reach their maiden Olympic semifinals at Tokyo's Oi Hockey Stadium.

A few Indian supporters even called it the 'mother of all upsets', while some dubbed it "stunning".

Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur was the hero of India's victory as her goal in the second quarter proved to be the ultimate difference between the two sides.

After Kaur gave India the lead, the Indian defenders managed to survive the Australian attacks on their goal posts during the remainder of the match.

On the other hand, India wasted a few more opportunities as they couldn't take advantage of the three penalty corners they created in the game.

Their failure to convert the penalty corners, though, didn't cost them much as they eventually won the encounter 1-0 to book their place in the last 4 stage of the competition.

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