The Indian girls’s hockey team put up a valiant battle earlier than dropping 2-3 to World no. 2 Argentina in an exhilarating match right here.
Goals from Sharmila (thirty fourth) and Gurjit Kaur (fortieth) gave India the lead after the hosts had scored within the twenty fifth minute by way of Micaela Retegui however Argentina got here up with back-to-back strikes within the remaining quarter by means of Augustina Gorzelany (fiftieth) and Granatto Maria (57th) to eke out the win on Tuesday.
“We were close to a win but against an opponent like Argentina, you have to stay concentrated till the final hooter. The biggest take away from this match is to keep up the consistency in all four quarters,” stated chief coach Sjoerd Marijne was quoted as saying in a Hockey India launch.
Though Argentina put India on the backfoot early within the match, incomes a Penalty Corner (PC) within the sixth minute, India goalkeeper Savita made a splendid save to thrust back hazard.
Argentina continued to push for alternatives all by means of the second quarter too, creating PCs within the twenty first and twenty third minutes however India’s defence held the fort.
It was Retegui who fetched the 1-0 lead for the house team within the twenty fifth minute with a swiftly transformed purpose.
After the 10-minute half time break, India made a robust comeback into the sport, enjoying in a disciplined structure, closing the gaps within the 25 yards mark, and never permitting Argentina to make simple forays into their circle.
The forward-line, within the meantime, hunted for targets and succeeded within the thirty fourth minute when Navjot Kaur setup younger ahead Sharmila to make the strike. Though Argentina earned a PC within the thirty eighth minute, India did effectively to maintain the house team at 1-1.
In the fortieth minute, India’s lone drag-flicker Gurjit arrange an important 2-1 lead with a powerfully struck purpose.
In the next minutes, each India and Argentina traded a PC every, however none managed to convert. It was ultimately a penalty stroke awarded to Argentina within the fiftieth minute that modified the course of the match.
“After we scored 2-1 lead, we were in a few situations where we could have stayed calmer and try to increase the goal-difference by scoring more,” stated Marijne.
“Against a team like Argentina, you have to lead by more than a goal to secure a win else they will catch-up. These are valuable lessons for us, and this is what we would like to improve in the next game,” he added. PTI APA PM PM
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