India have to play a total of six matches against Argentina, including two matches of the FIH Pro League, in a 16-day tour.
Indian men’s hockey has qualified for the Olympics
Hockey’s second practice match played in Buenos Aires between India and Argentina ended in a 4-4 draw. For India, Varun Kumar scored two goals and Rajkumar Pal and Rupinder Pal Singh scored one each but Argentina returned to level the draw. For Argentina, Leandro Tolini and Ignacio Ortiz scored one each while Lucas Toscani scored two goals.
Varun gave India the lead by scoring a goal in the seventh minute. For Argentina, Tolini scored in the 10th minute to equalize the score 1–1. After this, Rajkumar made the goal score 2–1 in the 13th minute. In the first half itself, Rupinder gave the team a 3–1 lead in the 14th minute.
Second practice match ended at 4-4 score
Argentina then made a comeback and tried to reduce the lead by Lucas’ goal in the 23rd minute. After this, Ignacio scored in the 42nd minute to level the score 3-3. During the match, India got a penalty corner in the 44th minute and Varun cashed in the chance without a mistake and scored a 4-3 lead. In the final quarter, Argentina once again played an aggressive game and Lucas scored another goal in the 57th minute to level the score at 4-4. The two teams could not score other goals until the stipulated time and the match ended on a par. India will now face Argentina on April 11 in the FIH Hockey Pro League.
India won in the first match
Earlier, the Indian men’s hockey team defeated Olympic champion Argentina 4-3 in the first practice match. For India, Neelkant Sharma, Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Varun Kumar scored one goal each while Argentina’s Leandro Tollini scored two goals and Maeco Casella scored one goal. India has to play a total of six matches, including two matches of the FIH Pro League, in a 16-day tour against Argentina.
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