The Indian women’s hockey team opened their campaign with a 2-3 heartbreak defeat against hosts Spain in the first game of the 4 match test series taking place in Santomera, Spain.
India started off well and began the first quarter on a positive note with a strong attacking strategy. The team made the first breakthrough when it managed to earn a penalty corner in the 8th minute but could not convert the shot. However, in the following minutes, the forward-line worked together to support experienced Vandana who created a splendid opportunity for compatriot Udita to score in the 12th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
In the second quarter, hosts Spain stepped up their game after the initial setback to score an equalizer in the 23rd minute through Maria Tost.
In the third quarter, Spain upped the ante and dominated the proceedings with waves of attack and as a result, scored back to back 2 goals in the 39th and 40th minute through Lola Reira and Begona Garcia respectively to affirm their position 3-1 at end of 3rd quarter.
The 4th quarter remained tense as India came back to make amends after their defensive lapses in the previous quarter. The Indian team won a vital Penalty Corner which was brilliantly converted by drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur in the 48th minute to put India within sniffing distance at 2-3. The Spaniards were equal to the task and defended well in hordes to deny any further inroads from the Indians.
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