Harmanpreet Singh’s brilliance, PR Sreejesh’s grit fetches India bonus level in shootout win over Argentina | Hockey Information

BUENOS AIRES: The Indian males’s hockey staff snatched a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Olympic champions Argentina after Harmanpreet Singh stored the facet afloat in regulation time together with his two objectives within the action-packed first sport of their FIH Professional League tie right here.
In an engrossing contest between two evenly-matched groups, it was Harmanpreet (21st minute) who gave India a 1-Zero lead with a perfectly executed penalty nook early within the second quarter earlier than a quick-fire double from Martin Ferreiro (28th, 30th) put Los Leones right into a 2-1 lead at half time.
Argentina held onto their lead till the dying seconds of the match, when Harmanpreet (60th) stepped up to speed to tie the scores with a second-phase penalty nook for the guests, who have been enjoying their first Professional League match after greater than a 12 months.
The draw assured some extent for every staff, however it was the vacationers who walked away with the bonus level, thanks largely to some sensible goalkeeping by PR Sreejesh.
As per the occasion’s guidelines, the staff profitable the shoot-out additionally walks away with the bonus level.
Sreejesh denied Lucas Vila, Martin Ferreiro and Ignacio Ortiz earlier than Dilpreet Singh sealed a 3-2 win within the one-on-ones with a cool end towards veteran Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi.
The consequence meant India consolidated their fifth place within the FIH Hockey Professional League standings with 12 factors from seven matches. Argentina are positioned sixth, with 11 factors from as many video games.
Harmanpreet was deservedly declared player-of-the-match.
“I believe crucial factor was that we by no means gave up,” Harmanpreet stated.
“We have been combating till the final minute, and that’s the reason we acquired a consequence right here.”
Requested what his staff wants to enhance on for the second sport to be performed later within the day, Harmanpreet stated: “We acquired numerous playing cards at present, so I believe we have to enhance on that. We have to maintain that in thoughts so within the subsequent match, we do not get any playing cards.”
The 2 groups will face one another once more on Sunday.

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