After going down 2-3 against Spain in their tour-opener, India women's side have been on a roll since. They drew level with the Spainish side in the second encounter, at 1-1, and have now trounced over their opponents in convincing manner in the third game. An improved attack and tactical defending saw the Indian women's beat 2018 World Cup bronze medallists, 5-2, on January 29 (Tuesday).
From India's perspective, young striker from Mizoram Lalremsiami (17', 58') starred in the match by scoring twice. On the other hand, Neha Goyal (21'), Navneet Kaur (32') and Rani (51') added to the hosts' woes and ensured their side remained in the lead after an initial setback in the first quarter.
Interestingly, it was Spain who drew first blood. The first goal came in the seventh minute through Berta Bonastre. India, however, were up for the challenge and looked determined for a leveller. Once they attained that, they ensured to stay ahead.
Having lost the opening match 2-3 and drawn the second 1-1, India showed a zealous performance with fewer unforced errors to dominate the match.
"I am pleased with today's performance. We are working to be more steady in our performance and we are improving match by match. This is a process and we need to keep repeating such performances to grow further," India chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said after the match.
"I am giving constant feedback on individual performance and behaviour and some learn fast while some need a little bit more time. But overall, we are progressing well and beating World Cup medal winners in their home ground is a big confidence boost for this young team," he added.
India will now meet Spain for the fourth match on Thursday (January 31).
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