The Indian girls’s hockey workforce fought again brilliantly from a objective deficit twice to carry champion-elect Argentina 3-3 in regulation time of their FIH Hockey Professional League match earlier than claiming a bonus level by beating the Las Leonas 2-1 within the shoot-out in Rotterdam on Saturday.
India took an early lead by Participant of the Match Lalremsiami within the third minute. However Argentina got here again strongly within the second quarter to degree the rating by Agustina Gorzelany within the twenty first minute earlier than taking lead twice, Gorzelany changing a penalty nook (thirty sixth min) and a penalty stroke (forty fourth min) to finish a hat-trick and put Argentina in sight of victory.
However Gurjit Kaur transformed two penalty corners in thirty sixth and fiftieth minute as India roared again to carry the Tokyo Olympic Video games silver medallists to a 3-3 draw. This was Argentina’s third successive attract regulation on this event.
Nevertheless, it was India’s day because the workforce, watched by former coach Sjoerd Marijne and skipper Rani Rampal from the stands, rode on two excellent saves by goalkeeper Savita to win the shoot-out 2-1. Solely Victoria Granatto was profitable for Argentina within the shootout whereas Julieta Jankunas, Maria Granatto, Rocio Sanchez and Agustina Albertarrio failed of their makes an attempt.
For India, midfielder Neha, in her a hundredth worldwide match, and Sonika have been profitable whereas Sharmila Devi and Monika have been thwarted by the Argentine goalkeeper.
India thus bagged two factors from this match whereas Argentina obtained one. India thus moved to 24 factors and firmed up the third place within the factors desk whereas Argentina moved as much as 39 factors. World No 1 Netherlands are second with 32 factors.
With Lalremsiami a livewire upfront and Neha marshalling the midfield, India began the match on a optimistic observe as they scored an early objective when Lalremsiami got here up with an excellent deflection off a cross by Deep Grace Ekka within the third minute.
They dominated the primary quarter towards an Argentina workforce that has already gained the FIH Professional League 2021/22 title and have been unbeaten within the occasion up to now.
Argentina, nevertheless, got here again and levelled scores within the second quarter when Agustina Gorzelany scored her first objective off a penalty nook, beating Indian skipper Savita within the objective. The South People, silver medallists within the Tokyo Olympics, dominated possession within the second quarter as the 2 groups went into the breather tied 1-1. Although each groups managed to take six photographs apiece within the first half, India made 13 circle penetrations as in comparison with 10 by Argentina.
On resumption of the skirmishes within the second half, Argentina went forward within the thirty sixth minute when Agustina Gorzelany scored off one other penalty nook.
Nevertheless, her celebrations have been short-lived as India levelled the rating 2-2 with Gurjit Kaur scoring off a penalty nook following some good work by Lalremsiami upfront. Gurjit planted an excellent drag-flick into the online foxing the Argentine goalkeeper by altering the angle on the final second.
Argentina bagged a penalty stroke a minute to the tip of the third quarter and Agustina Gorzelany stepped as much as the rating and make it 3-2 for Argentina within the forty fourth minute.
However the Indian women continued to struggle tenaciously as they levelled the rating once more early within the fourth quarter once they earned a penalty nook following a foul on Monika, their second penalty nook inside a minute after the primary was not stopped cleanly. The Indians didn’t make any mistake this time and Gurjit scored her second objective of the match to make it 3-3.
India may have taken the lead a couple of minutes later however Salima Tete missed the prospect because the ball struck her foot with an open objective in entrance of her. Argentina too had a few probabilities however ultimately, the groups ended 3-3.
India might be taking over Argentina once more on Sunday within the second match of their double-header on the identical venue.