Mandeep Singh scored a last-minute decisive objective after drag-flicker Jugraj Singh’s two highly effective penalty nook strikes because the Indian males’s hockey group beat Argentina 4-3 in a drama-filled second match of its FIH Professional League tie and avenge its first leg shoot-out defeat right here.
Jugraj scored within the twentieth and 52nd minutes after Hardik Singh struck within the seventeenth minute — that too from a penalty nook — earlier than Mandeep deflected a protracted cross into Argentina objective with simply 26 seconds left within the match.
Argentina’s goal-scorers had been hockey Della Torre Nicolas (fortieth), Domene Tomas (51st) and Ferreiro Martin (56th).
After Sunday’s win, India remained at second spot within the league standings with 16 factors from eight matches, behind Netherlands. Argentina additionally remained at fourth spot with 11 factors from six matches.
After a barren first quarter, India upped the ante within the second and pumped in two objectives within the area of three minutes on the Kalinga Stadium right here.
From a penalty nook, Varun Kumar’s drag-flick was saved by the Argentine goalkeeper however the ball fell to Hardik who slammed residence to offer India the lead.
Three minutes later, captain Amit Rohidas received one other PC after he was stick-checked by an Argentina participant. Jugraj Singh stepped as much as take the PC and his highly effective drag flick beat the Argentina goalkeeper all finally ends up.
The referee awarded a penalty stroke to Argentina throughout the second quarter however the choice was reversed after India took a assessment.
Argentina pressed arduous within the third quarter and had been rewarded with a objective from a PC by means of Nicolas within the fortieth minute.
India’s Sumit additionally wasted an honest likelihood within the third quarter as he couldn’t take a shot at Argentina objective underneath strain.
The dramatic fourth quarter yielded 4 objectives. India had been main 2-1 however Tomas drew parity, scoring from a penalty stroke within the 51st minute.
India replied instantly and took the lead once more inside one minute with Jugraj Singh’s rocket-like drag flick hitting the roof of Argentina internet within the 52nd minute.
India thought that they had scored their fourth objective and Jugraj’s third of the match from a penalty nook however the choice was reversed after an Argentina assessment. It was dominated that the ball had not crossed the circle earlier than Jugraj took the shot.
Martin added salt to India’s wound by scoring a area objective within the 56th minute to stage the scores 3-3.
However in a dramatic end, Mandeep deflected a protracted cross into Argentina objective with 26 seconds left for the ultimate hooter to interrupt the visiting facet’s hearts however to the celebration of the house facet dug out.
India play England of their two-legged tie on April 2 and three right here.