The Indian males’s hockey crew defeated Spain 3-0 to register its second win on the Tokyo Olympics right here on Tuesday. Drubbed 1-7 by Australia of their final match, India produced a spirited efficiency in opposition to world No.9 Spain and scored via Simranjeet Singh (14th minute) and Rupinder Pal Singh (fifteenth and 51st) to report a cushty win of their third Pool A match on the OI Hockey Stadium.
It was an impressed resolution by coach Graham Reid to go away Gurjant Singh out and convey Simranjeet Singh into the squad, and the younger ahead repaid the belief by opening India’s account when he deftly deflected in a protracted ball from the sideline by defender Amit Rohidas into the objective.
India compelled a few penalty corners which resulted in a penalty stroke after Rupinderpal’s flick slammed into the Spanish defender on the goalline. The veteran himself stepped up and transformed the stroke — the 2 targets coming inside 90 seconds of the ultimate minutes of the primary quarter.
India have been 2-0 up by the top of the primary quarter and although they allowed the opponents to dominate possession within the second quarter, the Spaniards couldn’t capitalise on the possibilities.
The groups have been evenly matched within the third quarter and although Spain created some good possibilities, the Indians defended beautifully and maintained a clear sheet.
Rupinderpal scored India’s third objective halfway via the fourth quarter and although Spain did handle to earn three penalty corners in succession, Pau Quemada couldn’t cut back the margin and the Indians walked off the pitch a happy lot, having redeemed themselves after the humiliating 1-7 defeat they suffered in opposition to Australia.
India had earlier defeated New Zealand 3-2 of their opening fixture. Spain, then again, are but to register a win within the competitors. Spain drew 1-1 in opposition to Argentina earlier than dropping 3-4 to New Zealand.
The Indians will subsequent play reigning Olympic champions Argentina on Thursday.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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