Indian Women’s Hockey Team Draws Fourth Match 2-2 Against Spain

India vs Spain Women Hockey
India vs Spain Women Hockey match in progress. Image Source: The Hockey India Twitter

The Indian Women’s Hockey team fumbled a good opportunity after leading 2-0 at half-time, thus drawing the match 2-2 against Spain in the deciding encounter.

Deep Grace Ekka (8th) and Navneet Kaur (26th) scored for India, while Lucia Jimenez (35th) and Clara Ycart (39th) sounded the board for the hosts.

With this draw, the two teams levelled the four-match series 1-1. While India won the third match 5-2, Spain had registered a 3-2 win in the opening match with the second match ending in a 2-2 draw.

India will now face 2018 World Cup silver medalists Ireland on February 2.

 

India vs Spain: As it happened

India got off to a quick start as they caught the Spanish defence on the wrong foot. An infringement by a Spanish defender saw India being awarded a penalty stroke only in minutes of the first quarter.

Though India missed scoring, Deep Grace Ekka made up for the missed chance with a well-converted penalty corner awarded in the 8th minute.

India’s 1-0 lead doubled in the second quarter when their forward line worked in tandem to penetrate into the striking circle with striker Navneet Kaur scoring a beautiful field goal with Rani’s assists in the 26th minute.

At the second hooter, India had registered a comfortable 2-0 lead.

 

Post-half-time break

After the 10-minute halftime break, hosts Spain made a resolute comeback as they vied to overcome the initial setback. The Indian defence was put to the test when Lucia Jimenez scored a field goal in the 35th minute.

Pressure to defend their 2-1 lead saw India give away a penalty corner in the 39th minute. Clara Ycart was fabulous in her attempt to score as Spain levelled the score to 2-2.

The strong Spanish defence inside the circle in the final quarter of the match, denied any opportunity for India, thus resulting the game in a draw.

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