The Indian girls’s hockey workforce put up a spirited efficiency to carry formidable Argentina to a 1-1 draw and finish their
tour on a excessive observe, right here on Sunday.
Skipper Rani struck for India within the thirty fifth minute whereas Emilia Forcherio scored for the house workforce by means of a penalty stroke.
This was India’s fourth scheduled match in opposition to the world no 2 ranked aspect after the third match to be performed on Saturday was deserted because of incessant rains.
Earlier within the tour, India had drawn 2-2, 1-1 in opposition to the Argentina junior workforce and misplaced 1-2, 2-3 to Argentina ‘B’ workforce.
In opposition to the Argentina Senior aspect, India misplaced 2-3 and 0-2 within the first and second matches respectively. .
The Indians performed with an intent to safe the elusive win in opposition to Argentina of their final match of the tour.
However the skilled dwelling workforce continued to showcase a dominant efficiency, getting off the blocks within the first quarter with well-structured assault.
The early strain on India’s defence line labored for Argentina as they earned two penalty corners inside three minutes of the primary quarter.
However India goalkeeper Savita was upto the mark and made sensible saves to disclaim the hosts.
India discovered a superb alternative to attain within the eleventh minute after they had been awarded a penalty nook, however they lacked correct execution.
Three minutes into the second quarter, Rani discovered one more alternative to attain when skilled ahead Vandana Katariya assisted her however a valiant Argentine defence held sturdy, overlaying each inch within the putting circle.
Within the following minutes, Argentina gained two penalty corners within the twenty third and twenty fourth minutes however Savita stood like a rock in entrance of the purpose.
Skipper Rani lastly discovered the fitting alternative to attain when India made an aggressive begin to the third quarter. It was Vandana once more who discovered Rani poised in entrance of the purpose and fed her the ball from the fitting flank.
Rani made no mistake in receiving the move and swiftly struck the ball previous the Argentine goalkeeper to earn India a 1-0 lead within the thirty fifth minute.
India had two good alternatives to increase the lead within the thirty ninth and fiftieth minutes of the sport, however wasted each the alternatives.
Argentina, however, pushed for objectives and a physique foul whereas defending penalty nook within the fifty fifth minute, noticed India concede a penalty stroke.
From the resultant set piece, Forcherio was on course to attract stage.
Underneath strain, India conceded two extra penalty corners within the 56th and 59th minutes however Argentina couldn’t utilise the alternatives.
“After the 1-0 lead, we needed to keep calm and proceed to pursue our assault. We needed to play extra neatly however that is one thing we are able to work on,” mentioned India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne after the match.