Gurjit Kaur scored a brace because the Indian girls’s hockey group dished out a spirited efficiency to stun Olympic silver medallist Argentina 2-1 within the shoot-out after a 3-3 stalemate in regulation time within the first match of the double-leg FIH Professional League tie in Rotterdam on Saturday. Gurjit’s (thirty seventh, 61st minutes) two penalty nook conversions and Lalremsiami’s (4th) area strike cancelled out Agustina Gorzelany’s (22, thirty seventh, forty fifth) hat-trick to take the match into the shoot-out.
Within the shoot-out, Neha Goyal and Sonika scored for India, whereas Victoria Granatto was the lone scorer for reigning Professional League champions Argentina because the Savita Punia-led aspect registered a well-known win and avenged their 1-2 defeat towards the identical opponents within the Tokyo Olympic semifinals.
The Indians began strongly within the match, dominating the early exchanges.
India put stress on the Argentina defence early on and secured a penalty nook within the third minute however Monika’s flick was saved by the opposition goalkeeper Belen Succi.
A minute later, India surged forward via an excellent area aim by Lalremsiami.
It was Deep Grace Ekka who created the prospect together with her defence splitting cross from outdoors the circle and Lalremsiami dodged her marker to get an excellent contact which fully foxed the Argentine goalie.
Shocked by the aim, the Argentines got here out out attacking and secured two penalty corners in succession quickly however the Indian defence stood agency.
Seconds earlier than the top of first quarter, Sharmila Devi’s effort from shut vary from a Navneet Kaur cross was saved out by Succi. The Indians began on the identical word within the second quarter however Argentina slowly and steadily acquired their acts collectively.
Six minutes into the second quarter, Argentina earned two fast penalty corners and Agustina Gorzelany scored after her flick went in after getting of deflection of Sushila Chanu’s stick.
Argentina secured one other penalty nook quickly however Chanu made a goalline save to disclaim Valentina Costa.
Seconds from half-time, India too acquired a penalty nook however wasted the chance.
It was end-to-end hockey from each the perimeters however Argentina surged forward this time when Gorzelany scored from a penalty stroke within the thirty seventh minute.
Argentina’s pleasure was short-lived as India drew parity seconds later via an ideal penalty nook conversion by Gurjit Kaur.
The Argentines continued to press arduous and gained two extra penalty corners within the third quarter however the Indians defended stoutly.
Argentina secured their eighth penalty nook within the forty fifth minute and Gorzelany was bang on track to register her hat-trick and hand her aspect the lead once more.
The Indians, nonetheless, didn’t hand over and fought tooth and nail. Gurjit once more got here to her aspect’s rescue with an excellent penalty nook execution within the 51st minute to degree the scores 3-3.
Thereafter, each the perimeters tried arduous to attain the winner however the defensive items stood tall to take the match to shoot-out.
India and Argentina will once more play towards one another within the second match of the tie in Rotterdam on Sunday.
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