Indian girls’s hockey group misplaced 2-Three to world quantity two Argentina of their newest encounter.
India set-up an early lead with Sharmila’s equaliser within the 34th minute and Gurjit Kaur scoring off a brilliantly executed penalty nook within the 40th minute to steer 2-1, however the skilled Argentinian facet fought again within the remaining quarter, scoring within the 50th and 57th minutes by means of Augustina Gorzelany and Granatto Maria respectively.
“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 after the match.
Though Argentina put India on the backfoot early within the match, incomes a penalty nook within the sixth minute, India goalkeeper Savita made a splendid save to keep at bay early hazard. Argentina continued to push for alternatives all by means of the second quarter too, creating penalty corners within the 21st and 23rd minutes however India’s penalty nook defence held the fort. It was Micaela Retegui who fetched the 1-Zero lead for the house group within the 25th minute with a swiftly transformed aim.
After the ten-minute half time break, India made a robust comeback into the sport, enjoying disciplined construction, closing the gaps within the 25yards mark, not permitting Argentina to make straightforward forays into their circle.
The forwardline, within the meantime hunted for objectives and succeeded within the 34th minute when Navjot Kaur setup younger ahead Sharmila to make the strike. Though Argentina earned a penalty nook within the 38th minute, India did nicely to carry the house group at 1-1.
In the 40th minute, India’s lone drag-flicker Gurjit setup an important 2-1 lead with a powerfully struck aim. In the next minutes, each India and Argentina traded a penalty nook every, however none managed to transform. It was finally a penalty stroke awarded to Argentina within the 50th 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. 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,” stated Marijne.
India will subsequent play Argentina on Friday.