The India Women’s Hockey team played to a 2-2 draw against Spain in the second round of the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation – International Tournament on Thursday. Navneet Kaur scored two times to assist India’s women’s squad in earning a 2-2 tie against hosts Spain.
Navneet scored in the 14th and 29th minute soon after Xantal Gine gave Spain the lead in the 13th. Laia Vidosa (26th) netted the home squad’s 2nd goal.
Marta Segu was able to go within the circle and play one-on-one with Savita thanks to a long ball from a Spanish player. The Indian goalie, though, stood strong to prevent the threat.
Spain executed a counter-attack later in the initial quarter, and Gine scored a goal to give the hosts the lead. Navneet took advantage of a long pass within the circle and leveled India right immediately.
With the scores tied, both India and Spain began looking for a fast goal. Deepika broke past Spain’s defense to get into the circle and fire a shot. The ball went barely above the netting, allowing the other team some breathing room.
Spain capitalized on a penalty corner with just a few moments remaining in the quarter, when Vidosa hammered the ball into the netting following a save by Indian goalie Savita.
But Navneet rushed to India’s rescue again, restoring parity a minute before halftime, displaying her individual talent as she dribbled through the Spanish defense to sound the buzzer.
Vaishnavi Phalke skillfully maneuvered past the Spain defense, forcing them into an error and earning India a penalty corner. However, India’s hopes were thwarted as Spain’s goalkeeper, Clara Perez, quickly nullified the potential danger.
With Neha Goyal controlling the midfield, India controlled possession and pushed further into Spain’s half. Perez, on the other hand, continued stopping the strokes on target and held off India. In the fourth quarter, the two teams were neck and neck, but no side scored.
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