Spirited India fights back to beat Olympic Champions Argentina 3-2 in thrilling shootout
Buenos Aires [Argentina], April 11 (ANI): Skilled goalkeeper PR Sreejesh held the castle within the shootout whilst Harmanpreet Singh starred in India’s 3-2 win with a double (21′ and 60′) within the FIH Hockey Professional League come upon towards Argentina on Saturday.
A penalty nook earned by way of India skipper Manpreet Singh with simply 25 seconds left for the overall hooter modified the process a anxious fight towards the Olympic Champions Argentina who had been poised for victory with a 2-1 lead.
Harmanpreet scored his double within the 60th minute with an electrifying drag-flick that fetched India a 2-2 equaliser pushing the fit right into a penalty shootout. It was once India’s Lalit Upadhyay, Rupinder Buddy Singh and Dilpreet Singh who scored within the penalty shootout whilst India’s skilled custodian PR Sreejesh got here up with spectacular saves to fetch India an advantage level.
Previous within the contest, it was once India who drew the primary blood after a stalemate first quarter with a penalty nook within the 21st minute. India vice-captain Harmanpreet picked up a positive injection to fiercely strike the ball to the left of the Argentine goalkeeper fetching India a much-needed 1-Zero lead.
Argentina bounced again as they put Indian defence beneath actual force with possible circle penetrations within the following mins. Their efforts paid off with India conceding a penalty nook within the 28th minute. House crew’s Martin Ferreiro was once impeccable in his execution to attain an equaliser. He was once additionally accountable for Argentina’s 2d function thru but every other penalty nook within the 30th minute, finishing the second one quarter with a relaxed 2-1 lead.
At half-time, stats projected Argentina’s dominance as that they had higher ball ownership compared to India and likewise had 10 photographs on function whilst the guests had made 8 makes an attempt on function. The 3rd quarter was once goalless with each groups maintaining the force up towards every different and residing as much as the billing. Regardless that all sides had traded penalty corners on this quarter, neither may just muster a function.
With the scoreboard studying 2-1 firstly of the deciding quarter, the competition went right down to the twine with each groups stepping at the gasoline. Determined for a win after dropping to Germany within the double-header remaining week, the Olympic Champions Argentina had been resolute of their efforts whilst India labored the yards vying for an elusive function.
Within the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Harmanpreet slapped the ball from the highest of the circle against the function however Lalit Upadhyay may just now not get his stick at the ball for a deflection. Power fixed on India within the demise mins of the fit with two in their key gamers Varun Kumar and Mandeep Singh sitting out of the sport with a yellow card. However skipper Manpreet Singh’s valiant effort within the ultimate moments ensured a a hit trip for the guests.
“I feel the largest takeaway from this fit is our preventing spirit. We did not lose hope till the remaining minute and we fought again in point of fact onerous to earn this consequence,” mentioned an elated Harmanpreet whose equaliser arrange an exhilarating shootout.
India will subsequent face Argentina within the FIH Hockey Professional League fit in a while Sunday. (ANI)