The Indian men’s hockey team produced a much improved performance as they claimed a convincing 2-0 win over Spain to level the three-match series 1-1 in the second game at Sant Cugat del Valles on Wednesday. After an intense tussle, the first quarter ended goalless.
In today’s match, Rupinder Pal Singh (24th), Akashdeep Singh (45th) and Ramandeep Singh (50th, 50th) scored the goals for India. The second quarter also saw fast end-to-end action. However, Spanish team struck back in the next minute (25th) as Ricardo Santana dribbled past the India defenders and scored the equaliser for his team.
Both the teams attacked from the first minute and battled against each other with their skills and tactics.
Chinglensana Singh could have put the visitors ahead in the second quarter when he found himself unmarked inside the Spanish penalty circle.
The Indians continued to attack relentlessly despite Spanish attempts to slow the pace of the game. Banking on the long ball passes from teammates, Ramandeep managed to sneak into the Spanish defence in the 50th minute and scored the third goal for his team. After conceding the goal, India counter-attacked the very next minute and looked for more opportunities. Moments later, he kept his cool to score in the 50th minute and seal Spain’s fate. Spain got a chance to pull one back in the final quarter when they earned a penalty corner but the Indian defence stood tall as Sreejesh came to his side’s rescue with another fine save.
This was a preparatory tour for the upcoming World League Final which will be held in India later this year.