TOKYO: India are back on the road to victory in men ‘s hockey after losing the last match. India tied up Pool A with Spain. The victory was by three unanswered goals.
Rupinder Pal Singh (15, 51 minutes) scored a brace to give India the lead. Simranjit Singh also scored the first goal. India’s seven-goal defeat to Australia in the last match had weighed in on their knockout chances. The quarter-finals were revived with the defeat of Spain in the decisive match. India’s next match is against Argentina at 6 am on the 29th. The last group match will be against hosts Japan on the 30th.
India came on the field yesterday on the attack to win. Mandeep Singh’s shot gave India the lead in the fourth minute. But the goal was saved by Francisco Cortes’ save Spanish team. India continued to put pressure and fired the first shot in the 14th minute. Simranjit Singh, who ran from the right side when the ball reached the penalty box, was caught in the net. The second goal was scored by the Spanish team before they could recover from the impact of the first goal.
Rupinder Pal Singh found the back of the net for India in the 15th minute after a series of penalty kicks. Despite leading by two goals, India did not back down from the attack. Spain, on the other hand, tried to score with goals. But on the defensive side, the Indian team thwarted the move.
At the last minute of the third quarter, the referee gave a yellow card to Spain captain Miguel Dallas de Andres with more than 11 players on the field. The punishment was to be out for five minutes.
Meanwhile, Rupinder Pal Singh scored the third goal for India in the 51st minute to complete the dominance over the Spanish team. Rupinder Pal’s second goal of the match came from a penalty corner.
‘This is awesome’
Former India junior hockey player and coach K Krishnan has said that India, who scored seven goals against Australia, would have faded against Spain if they had been the same. Nidheesh evaluated. The team that dominated most of the game against Spain was able to pinpoint the opponents’ attacks.
Malayalee goalkeeper PR Sreejesh’s performance is also noteworthy. India’s next match is against defending Olympic champions Argentina on Thursday.
Team head coach Graham Reid said he did not think the practice of conceding more penalty corners would be an obstacle for Argentina. The team’s performance in the first quarter against Spain was impressive. Reed added that the combination of attack and defense was the foundation of the victory.