Tokyo Olympics: Great Britain begin women's hockey title defense with loss to Germany

Tokyo Olympics: Team GB women's hockey lose their opening match against Germany
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Great Britain’s women began their Olympic hockey title defence in disappointing fashion with a 2-1 defeat by Germany in Pool A in Tokyo.

Sarah Jones gave GB the lead from close range before Germany hit back through a scuffed Viktoria Huse penalty that sent Maddie Hinch the wrong way.

Germany grew in confidence and took the lead as Charlotte Stapenhorst fired home from Pia Maertens’ pass.

Great Britain face South Africa on Monday at 10:30 BST.

While GB played aggressively and won three successive penalty corners in the final quarter, they were unable to break through the German defence.

The top four teams from each of the two groups of six will progress to the knockout stage.

Sourced from BBC Sports

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