Tokyo Olympics: Team GB women’s hockey makes a losing start to their title defense

Team GB women’s hockey squad makes a lost start to their Olympic title defense as Viktoria Huse and Charlotte Stapenhorst strike to claim the opening win for Germany











Mark Hager has his job to do as Team GB women’s hockey has to defend the gold they won in Tokyo five years ago after a group defeat to Germany.

GB started on purpose and got their reward when Sarah Jones was on hand to tap the back in after the ball came free from an attacking penalty corner.

Germany rallied and tied the score before half-time when Viktoria Huse let Maddie Hinch dive the wrong way from a penalty.

Germany made an impressive start to women’s hockey in Tokyo when they brought Team GB. defeated

Viktoria Huse misled Maddie Hinch by scoring a decisive penalty before half time

Viktoria Huse misled Maddie Hinch by scoring a decisive penalty before half time

Team GB impressed in spells but could do little to prevent a lost start to their title defense

Team GB impressed in spells but could do little to prevent a lost start to their title defense

It was Hager’s side that dominated possession and so when Charlotte Stapenhorst made it 2-1 against Germany on the counter at the start of the second half, there was real disappointment on the GB bench.

So much was made of this squad’s chances after they broke the news in Rio with the most dramatic gold medal wins.

The final against Holland, which was watched by a BBC TV audience of more than nine million, who finished 3-3 before penalties were taken, delayed the BBC News on Ten.

It was named one of the top 10 Olympic moments of all time and if fans want to see a repeat, major improvements will be needed in Tokyo.

More to follow.

GB's Shona McCallin celebrated the opener when Sarah Jones tapped the back post

GB’s Shona McCallin celebrated the opener when Sarah Jones tapped the back post

A Team GB penalty corner routine happened to see the ball clear for an unmarked Jones

A Team GB penalty corner routine happened to see the ball clear for an unmarked Jones

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