Former world champions and record Olympics gold medal holders India were off to a winning start against Ireland, as they beat them 3-2, by a slender margin of a goal, in the group stage on Day 1 of the Rio Olympics 2016 at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janerio on Saturday. It was India’s first win in the Olympics after 12 years, while they last won an Olympic game was back in 2004 at Athens. With this win, India get a valuable point, as they sit at the No. 3 spot in the Group B table, while they await their upcoming league games against Netherlands, Argentina, Canada and Germany. Among the Indian scorers were Raghunath Vokkaliga and Rupinder Pal Singh. Rio Olympics 2016 LIVE Updates, Day 1Also Read - Kashmiri Students Allegedly Thrashed At Punjab Colleges After India's Humiliating Defeat to Pakistan In T20 World Cup

India got the opening goal in the 15th minute of the first quarter off a penalty corner, when an assist from Rupinder was perfectly executed by Raghunath Vokkaliga using the drag flick shot, as it was a perfect goal, with no deflection. It was followed by another goal in the second quarter by Rupinder, who again executed perfectly by another drag flick, assisted by Sardar Singh. The third quarter saw Ireland getting goal back from John Jermyn, who too scored the goal off a penalty corner in the third quarter. In the fourt quarter, it was in the 49th minute, when Rupinder scored another goal for India in a similar fashion, that eventually turned out to be the winning goal, while Ireland struck one back, that turned out to be a consolation goal from Conor Harte, thus allowing India to win marginally and getting off to a head start in the tournament. Rio 2016 Olympics India Schedule IST Also Read - India to Lift Quarantine Requirement For International Arrivals From Today | Check Latest Guidelines Here

It was mostly India”s game throughout as they hardly game the Irish any chance initially, except in the later stages of the game, with all the goals coming from penalty corner for either side. Also Read - Here's Why Indian Team Took a Knee in T20 World Cup Match Against Pakistan