Indian women’s hockey team suffered its first defeat on the tour of Argentina when it misplaced 1-2 to B facet of the host, letting Agustina Gorzelany strike late within the match.
Sol Pagella (11′) put the Argentina facet whereas Indian ahead Salima Tete (54′) scored within the last quarter.
However, the Indian defence let Gorzelany rating three minutes after discovering the equaliser.
In the earlier matches, India drew 2-2 and 1-1 respectively with the Argentina junior team.
“Today we performed in opposition to a stronger Argentina squad consisting many of their senior gamers.
“This was a perfect practice match for us ahead of next week’s schedule where we play against the Senior side. Unfortunately, we conceded a PC goal minutes before the regulation time and this is what we need to manage better,” mentioned chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
India started on a backfoot with Argentina ‘B’ enjoying powerful, attacking hockey proper from the beginning. Conceding two back-to-back PCs inside six minutes of play and placing strain on the visiting facet however the Indian goalkeeper Rajani did nicely to save lots of the objectives.
In the eleventh minute, nonetheless, a fierce circle penetration and well-timed strike by youthful Sol Pagella put the house team forward by 1-0.
With a powerful defence put up by the Argentinian ladies, PCs had been onerous to come back by for India and circle entries had been restricted too. Though India managed to earn a PC within the twenty third minute, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur’s try and equalise was nicely saved by the opposition’s goalkeeper.
It was a battle India needed to battle onerous in opposition to a powerful Argentinian ahead line as they earned two extra PCs within the forty third and 51st minutes. But India’s PC defence held sway to make sure the lead was not additional prolonged.
In the 54th minute, when India bagged a PC, an alert Salima Tete swiftly struck the ball off a rebound into the goalpost fetching her team a much-need equaliser.
The sturdy dwelling team upped their ante within the following minutes with a circle penetration that resulted in a PC. This was the deciding second as an skilled Gorzelany transformed the aim within the 57th minute to seal the match.
India will subsequent take on Argentina ‘B’ on Sunday.