Of their Tour of Belgium, the Indian males’s hockey staff have now defeated Spain twice.
- Final Up to date: September 29, 2019, 10:58 PM IST
Antwerp: The Indian males’s hockey staff registered back-to-back victories in opposition to Spain, as they trounced the World No. eight facet 5-1 in their third match of the Tour of Belgium right here on Sunday.
After recording a 6-1 win in opposition to the identical opposition on Saturday, World No. 5 India appeared comfy all through the match as Harmanpreet Singh (41′, 51′) scored one other brace to steer his staff to a convincing victory.
It was not a fantastic begin for the Indian staff although, as they went a aim down in the third minute. Spain’s Iglesias Alvaro scored the opening aim of the match to place the stress on India.
Nonetheless, excessive on confidence from their two wins in the opening two matches, India responded with the equaliser in the fifth minute with Akashdeep Singh scoring a subject aim. India appeared comfy in possession through the latter levels of the primary quarter, forcing the Spanish goalkeeper into making a save off a penalty nook.
SV Sunil additionally marked his return to the staff with a beautiful strike in the second quarter to present India a 2-1 lead in the 20th minute. The ahead ran inside from the fitting flank and struck the ball previous Quico Cortes.
Spain did attempt to make a comeback into the match, however couldn’t create sufficient alternatives earlier than half-time as India went into the break main 2-1.
India began the third quarter with a flurry of alternatives contained in the Spanish circle, and it was in the 35th that they benefited from them as ahead Ramandeep Singh scored the third aim of the afternoon.
Issues began wanting tough for Spain as India dominated possession, creating common possibilities. Within the 41st minute, drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh convert a penalty nook to make it 4-1 in India’s favour.
India produced some excellent strikes in the fourth quarter with their urgent and fast passing. The World No. 5 staff scored their fifth aim as Harmanpreet Singh transformed one other penalty nook, making it 4 targets in the final two matches.