Goals from Sharmila and Gurjit Kaur put India ahead after the hosts scored in the 25th minute
The Indian women’s hockey team fought a courageous fight before losing 2-3 to No. 2 Argentina in an exciting match in Buenos Aires.
Goals from Sharmila (34th) and Gurjit Kaur (40th) put India ahead after the hosts scored in the 25th minute via Micaela Retegui, but Argentina threw back-to-back strikes in the final quarter thanks to Augustina Gorzelany (50th) and Granatto Maria (57th) to take the victory on Tuesday.
“We were close to a victory, but against an opponent like Argentina you have to stay focused until the last hooter. The biggest advantage of this game is to maintain consistency in all four quarters,” said the head coach Sjoerd Marijne. as said in a statement from Hockey India.
Although Argentina put India on their backs early in the game, winning a Penalty Corner (PC) in the 6th minute, Indian goalkeeper Savita made a magnificent save to ward off danger.
Argentina continued to seek opportunities throughout the second quarter, creating PCs in the 21st and 23rd minutes, but the Indian defense held on.
It was Retegui who took the 1-0 lead for the home side in the 25th minute with a quickly converted goal.
After the 10-minute half-time break, India made a strong comeback in the game, playing in a disciplined structure, closing the gaps at the 25-yard mark and not allowing Argentina to make it. easy forays into their circle.
The front line, meanwhile, looked for goals and succeeded in the 34th minute when Navjot Kaur prepared young striker Sharmila for the strike. Although Argentina won a PC in the 38th minute, India did well to hold the home side 1-1.
In the 40th minute, Indian lone drag flicker Gurjit took a crucial 2-1 lead with a powerfully slapped goal.
Within minutes, India and Argentina swapped a PC each, but neither managed to convert. It was finally a penalty stroke awarded to Argentina in the 50th minute that changed the course of the game.
“After scoring a 2-1 lead we were in a few situations where we could have stayed calmer and tried to increase the goal difference by scoring more,” said Marijne.
“Against a team like Argentina you have to lead by more than one goal to get a win or they will catch up. These are valuable lessons for us, and that’s what we would like to improve in the next game, ”he added.