Six Nations Hockey | India snatch two late goals to draw against Argentina
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After trailing by 2 goals at the start of the final quarter, India fought back with 2 late goals from Ramandeep Singh and Devinder Walmiki to secure a thrilling 3-3 draw against Argentina at the Six Nations Tournament on Saturday. India's other goal came from Rupinder Pal Singh in the 2nd quarter.
A repeat of the match against New Zealand
Similar to the match against the Black Sticks, India started the match against Argentina in an impressive fashion with them controlling the majority of the ball.= Sardar Singh and company kept attacking the Argentine goal, and the pressure paved
But, the quarter ended with Argentina in the lead after a goal from Matias Paredes in the last minute of the quarter. India's failure to clear a long corner helped Juan Gilardi power a shot into the shooting circle. Lucas Rey created a confusion for Sreejesh inside the circle, and the goalkeeper’s failure to clear the ball saw the ball falling into Paredes' path, and he expertly put it into the back of the net for the opening goal.
The Men in Blue found their equalizer just after the restart through a penalty stroke from Rupinder Pal Singh. The defender deflected Sardar Singh’s pass from the half-way mark into the path of Ramandeep Singh, but a rash challenge from Gonzalo Peillat stopped him from getting to the ball. The umpire then awarded a penalty stroke to India. Having played a part in the build-up, Rupinder Pal stepped up and flicked it to the right of Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi to level things in the match. But, the happiness from the goal was short-lived.
Argentina threatened the Indian goal many times before they finally found the back of the net - Gonzalo Peillat – in the 21st minute. Peillat gave back Argentina the lead off a penalty corner by flicking the ball past a diving Sreejesh. Two green cards in quick succession to SK Uthappa and Rupinder Pal Singh added to India’s misery and Argentina cashed in on the opportunity to double the lead before the break. A quick counter attack from Argentina saw the Indian defence caught napping and Ignacio Ortiz pushed a ball into the shooting circle expecting Lucas Vila to collect it. The forward no mistake and flicked the ball past Sreejesh to put his team 3-1 ahead.
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India fightback to finish strong
The Men in Blue needed a big performance to come back into the match, but they started on a bad note, losing Nikkin Thimmaiah for five minutes after the youngster received a yellow card. With just ten men, India failed to create a good opening in the quarter. But, they bounced back with a goal in the opening minutes of the final quarter to set up a thrilling last 13 minutes. Nikkin Thimmaiah came back and played a big part in the goal and ran with the ball into the shooting circle to pass it to Danish Mujtaba, who passed the ball to Ramandeep Singh. The
With four points from four matches, India