RIO DE JANEIRO: Indian Team had lost four and drawn one of their last five matches against Argentina. What's more, after a vitality sapping diversion against Germany on Monday, which they lost in the withering seconds, the men in blue were in a spot of trouble.
In the last quarter of the match, the score was 2-1 which boosted the confidence in men's in blue. Both Indian goals came through Manipuri boys. The first was via a penalty corner in the eighth minute of the first quarter, as K Chinglensana failed to make a clean stop but recovered immediately to drag the ball into the circle and slam it home.
The second came in the second from last quarter, off a counter-assault. The Argentines were squeezing, however lost the ball at the half line and the Indians struck. Akashdeep kept running in from the left flank and went to Ramandeep, whose hit found a protector, got a redirection and K Kothajit opened it home.
However, that was the place India's control finished. The men in blue and white began squeezing, with their midfield and safeguard building weight. Something needed to give way, and it did in the final quarter.
Argentina won their first punishment corner in the 49th moment and Gonzalo Peillatslammed the board without an object. 1-2 and India were currently stressed. Mistakes crawled into their diversion. They shielded forcefully however cleared some by sending up long balls which were grabbed by their opponents to assault once more.
"That was not a portion of our course of action," Indian mentor Roelant Oltmans conceded later.
What took after Argetina's first objective was a whirlwind of strikes and consistent risk of punishment corners. In the wake of succumbing to the principal, the Indians denied their opponents four times in PCs – once Sreejesh plunged to make a decent spare, then Surinder Kumar made a splendid hanging in the balance save, lastly Raghunath hurried out to hinder the flick and resulting peril. "It is a major win. Argentina are World Cup bronze-medallists. Of course, we went under a great deal of weight in the last quarter. Be that as it may, the diligent work we have put in towards guarding PCs indicated today. The young men did right by me."
Yes, that was the place the match was won and lost. Actually, the Indians even figured out how to clutch the ball in the last two minutes and made objective scoring open doors.
"It was exceptionally intense towards the end, extremely strained. Be that as it may, we made a brilliant showing with regards to. Each spare I make and each PC the protectors shield offers life to the group. Furthermore, we are alive here. We will rest tomorrow and return on Thursday to go up against the Netherlands. There is a considerable measure of diligent work ahead," objective guardian P Sreejesh said.
One jolting note in India's execution is the quantity of cards the group has been arriving. In the principal match against Ireland, a player was conveyed with a yellow in the most recent two minutes. On Tues day, Indians copped 4 cards – 2 green and 2 yellow. When this was brought up, mentor Oltmans said: "I may not concur with every one of the cards but rather yes, we must be watchful."