Brilliant victory for the Indian women’s hockey team. (Pic Credit HI)
The Indian women’s hockey team has made a big difference with its brilliant game and defeated Argentina, which is considered stronger than itself, in a tough match.
The Indian women’s hockey team made a big upset by defeating Olympic silver medalist Argentina 2-1 in a thrilling match in the FIH Pro League on Saturday. This match was tied at 3-3 in the stipulated time. After this the match went to shoot out where India (Indian Women’s Hockey Team) won. Gurjit Kaur scored two goals for India. Gurjit (37th and 51st minutes) scored two penalty corners for India and Lalremsiami scored a field goal in the fourth minute. Augustina for Argentina Gorgelani took the match to a shootout with hat-tricks in the 22nd, 37th and 45th minutes.
In the shootout, Neha Goel and Sonika scored for India while Victoria Granato was the only scorer for defending Pro League champions Argentina. In this way, Savita Poonia’s team registered a memorable victory and also avenged the 1-2 loss against the same rival team in the Tokyo Olympic semi-finals. The Indian team made a strong start in the match and dominated.
India created pressure from the beginning
India put pressure on Argentina’s defense from the start and secured a penalty corner in the third minute but Monica’s flick was well defended by rival goalkeeper Belen Suki. A minute later, India took the lead with a brilliant field goal from Lalremsiami. Deep Grace Ekka created an opportunity with a pass from outside the circle and Lalremsiami stunned the Argentine goalkeeper with a goal. Under pressure from this goal, Argentina started the attack and soon scored two consecutive penalty corners but they did not get one against India’s strong defense. Sharmila Devi’s attempt was thwarted by Suki a few seconds before the end of the first quarter. done.
India dominated in the second quarter as well
The Indian players continued the same aggression in the second quarter but Argentina slowly started to make a comeback. In the six minutes of the second quarter, Argentina scored two quick penalty corners and Augustina Gorgelani scored when her flick was deflected by a stick from Sushila Chanu. Argentina soon got another penalty corner but Chanu defended Valentina Costa’s effort brilliantly. India got a penalty corner a few seconds before half time but missed the opportunity.
Argentina’s goal in the third quarter
Gorgelani then scored from a penalty corner in the 37th minute. Argentina’s happiness, however, was short-lived as India equalized after a couple of seconds with a goal from Gurjit Cor’s penalty corner. Argentina kept trying and got two more penalty corners in the third quarter but the Indians had an excellent defense. Argentina got the eighth penalty corner in the 45th minute and Gorgelani scored his hat-trick to put the team forward again.
India again showed strength in the last quarter
Indian players did not give up hope and stood firm. Gurjeet then converted a penalty corner in the 51st minute to level the score at 3-3. After this both the teams tried to score the winning goal but the defense of both the teams was strong, due to which the match went into a shootout. India and Argentina will now face each other in the second match on Sunday.