'My heart breaks': Hockeyroos left shattered after brutal upset

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The Hockeyroos players were left devastated after their upset loss in the quarter-finals to India at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty Images)
The Hockeyroos players were left devastated after their upset loss in the quarter-finals to India at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty Images)

The Hockeyroos have been knocked after suffering a surprising loss to India in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics.

Australia had enjoyed its best start ever to an Olympics campaign after winning all five group stage games and only conceding once.

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The Hockeyroos went into the quarter-final as strong favourites to advance, but a determined India team proved too much in the knock-out stage.

Australia were unable to crack the Indian defence, a Gurjit Kaur drag flick that bobbled home on 22 minutes the difference in the India women's finest hockey moment.

Australia were unable to score from any of their nine penalty corners - they converted just two-of-25 across the tournament - while Rosie Malone hit the post after 90 seconds.

India, who only snuck into the final eight with wins over Ireland and South Africa, earned their win though, defending valiantly as Australia pressed in the final quarter.

India didn't win a game in Rio five years ago but will now play for a medal for the first time, while three-time Olympic champions Australia's wait for a first medal since their 2000 gold continues.

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The Australian hockey community were left shattered at the upset result.

India were the fourth-placed team in Group A, while Australia toppled Group B.

However, India had too much in the do-or-die clash.

India's victory over the World No.2 set up a clash with Argentina in the semi-final clash.

with AAP

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