Indian women’s hockey team has scripted history after qualifying to the semi-finals of the Olympics for the first time with a stunning 1-0 victory.

They beat Australia, who had been looking for their first medal since securing a podium finish in Sydney in 2000, in the quarter-finals.

India’s Gurjit Kaur scored the match’s only goal in the second quarter.

Many, including politicians and celebrities, have taken to social media to celebrate the historic win.

This is remarkable in a country where cricket often overshadows other sports. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag called it “an absolute wow moment”, adding that he was “filled with pride”.

Australia had conceded just one goal in the tournament so far, but the Indian players on Monday held on to their nerves and did not allow Australia to dominate.

India showed a great mix of aggression and strategy throughout the game. They looked in command and Savita Punia-led defence thwarted Australian attacks skilfully, specially in the last quarter when Emily Chalker’s side desperately looked for an equaliser.

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