Indian Women’s Hockey Team fought valiantly before going down 2-3 to the Spanish Women’s Hockey Team in their opening match in Spain on Saturday.
Spain Women’s Hockey Team scored through Maria Tost (23rd minute), Lola Riera (39th) and Begoña Garcia (40th) to secure full points.
The Indian eves, however, did not give up and fought till the end, scoring through Udita ( 12th minute) and Gurjit Singh ( 48th minute), producing a nail-biting finish.
India used strong attacking strategy to begin the first quarter on a positive note. The team made the first breakthrough when they managed to earn a penalty corner in the 8th minute but could not convert the shot, however, in the following minutes the forwardline worked together to support experienced Vandana who created a splendid opportunity for compatriot Udita to score in the 12th minute.
A reverse pass by Vandana was picked up well by Udita who made no mistake in sending it past the Spanish goalkeeper Maria Ruiz to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second quarter, hosts Spain stepped up their game after the initial setback to score an equaliser in the 23rd minute through Maria Tost.
While the second half saw both teams defend well to contain eachother from taking a lead, the third quarter completely belonged to Spain as they struck two goals in the 39th and 40th minute through Lola Reira and Begona Garcia respectively.
The fourth quarter remained tense for India as they fought back to make amends to their defensive lapses in the previous quarter.
A tactical approach to their attack saw them win a crucial PC which was brilliantly converted by dragflicker Gurjit Kaur in the 48th minute.
The following minutes was evenly fought battle by both teams but Spain ensured they upped their defence to deny India an equaliser.
India will play three more matches against Spain and two matches against Ireland.