The Indian males’s hockey staff coach Graham Reid rued missed alternatives after his aspect let slip an early result in be held 4-4 by Olympic champions Argentina within the second apply match right here.
Argentina had misplaced 3-4 to India within the first apply match however got here again strongly for a draw within the second sport at Cenard, Buenos Aires on Wednesday.
Varun Kumar (7′ and 44′), Rajkumar Pal (13′), Rupinder Pal Singh (14′) scored for India whereas Leandro Tolini (10′), Lucas Toscani (23′), Ignacio Ortiz (42′), Lucas Martinez (57′) sounded the board for the house staff.
“The match was very similar to our first practice game. We had opportunities to close out the match but we didn’t take them,” acknowledged Reid.
India made a fantastic begin within the first quarter with a well-structured assault that fetched them three objectives making certain an early lead. The first purpose was courtesy ahead Mandeep Singh, who helped India earn a Penalty Corner (PC) within the seventh minute which was effortlessly transformed by dragflicker Varun.
Though an early 1-0 lead put the house aspect on the backfoot, they bounced again within the tenth minute once they earned a PC.
Leandro Tolini, who scored twice within the earlier match, got here up with a well-executed dragflick to equalise. India, nevertheless, regained the lead with Rajkumar’s purpose within the thirteenth minute.
He was assisted by Nilakanta Sharma who has been in good nick, exhibiting his prowess as an attacking midfielder. In the next minute, a PC earned by India ahead Lalit Upadyay noticed Rupinder rating a splendid purpose taking India’s result in 3-1 within the 14th minute.
The second quarter started with each groups buying and selling PCs however none have been profitable.
However, within the twenty third minute, Toscani struck a fantastic purpose to slim India’s result in 3-2. Though India replied with aggressive assault, they have been unable to create profitable forays into the putting circle.
“Unfortunately, some turnovers in the second half gave them opportunities to come back. You can’t give a team like Argentina chances to get back in the game and not expect them to take it,” expressed Reid.
Following the 10-minute half-time break, Argentina succeeded in breaking the gridlock on this quarter by incomes a PC which was well-struck by attacking mid-fielder Ortiz.
The 3-3 equaliser didn’t dampen India’s spirit as they efficiently scored the fourth purpose through ahead Dilpreet Singh who made a profitable foray into the putting circle, incomes India a PC within the forty fourth minute. Varun made no mistake in changing the purpose and regaining the lead for India.
With the guests forward solely by a purpose, the final quarter was a battle of nerves with the house staff stepping on the gasoline to safe an equaliser. Lucas Martinez then pulled one again for the hosts with a area purpose within the 57th minute, thus ending the sport in a 4-4 stalemate.
“On the weekend (at the double-header in FIH Hockey Pro League), we need to be more mindful of our thoroughness at both ends of the pitch ensuring we are more frugal in defence and clinical in attack,” stated Reid.