FIH Girls’s Professional League: India loses to Argentina in five-goal thriller

Published:Mar 9, 202409:26
FIH Girls’s Professional League: India loses to Argentina in five-goal thriller

India squandered a one-goal result in lose 2-3 to Argentina within the second match of the double-leg FIH Girls’s Professional League tie right here on Sunday.

Argentina gained the FIH Professional League crown, ending with 42 factors from 16 video games, 10 away from second positioned Netherlands, which nonetheless has two video games remaining. The Indians continued to occupy the third place within the standings of their debut season, with 24 factors from 12 video games.

Within the first match on Saturday, the Indians had shocked Argentina 2-1 within the shootout after a 3-3 stalemate in regulation time.

Driving excessive on confidence, the Indians continued in the identical vein and put strain on the Argentine defence early on. Early on, they have been sensible in assault and defence. Within the opening two quarters because the Savita Punia-led defence thwarted numerous Argentine assaults. The 2 groups fought tooth and nail within the first quarter however failed to interrupt the impasse.

Within the lead

India broke the stalemate within the twenty third minute, scoring by way of a counter-attack, with Salima Tete reducing by way of the Argentine defence earlier than taking a shot that deflected in off opposition goalkeeper Belen Succi’s stick. Three minutes later, custodian Savita made a effective save to maintain her aspect’s lead intact. A cross from the left discovered Julieta Jankunas in area and he or she tried to faucet the ball in, however Savita modified instructions shortly to make a terrific save.

Thereafter, Argentina had three photographs on aim however did not get previous Savita.

Closing rating

  • Argentina 3 (Thome 38’, Trinchinetti 41’, Gorzelany 43’) India 2 (Tete 23’, Deep Grace Ekka 48’)

After the change of ends, Argentina got here out attacking and managed the sport for a serious a part of the third quarter. The Indians struggled to match the tempo of the Argentina gamers and play was principally centred contained in the Indian half.

Within the thirty seventh minute, Savita as soon as once more got here to her aspect’s rescue by denying Jankunas from shut vary. However Argentina was to not be denied as a minute later, Delfine Thome looped the ball over a stretched Savita after she was arrange by Sofia Toccalino’s sensible run from the precise flank.

Salima Tete gave India the lead within the twenty third minute. - HOCKEY INDIA


India quickly secured a penalty nook however Udita wasted the possibility.

Fast targets

Argentina then scored twice in a span of three minutes from two penalty corners to take a 3-1 lead.

Eugenia Trinchinetti first scored from a incredible variation within the forty first minute after which, two minutes later, Agustina Gorzelany, who scored a hat-trick within the final match, sounded the board from one other set piece.

However India was no temper to surrender with no struggle. Three minutes later, Deep Grace Ekka scored from a penalty nook with a fierce slap shot to scale back the margin to 2-3. The Indians performed their hearts out until the ultimate hooter and within the fifty fifth minute, Vandana Katariya got here near restoring parity from a counter-attack however her reverse hit was saved by Succi.

India will subsequent play USA on June 21 and 22.

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