VALENCIA (SPAIN) (TIP): In a hard-fought match against Germany, Indian eves emerged victorious 2-1 in their final game of the Spain tour on February 23. The matches were played in preparation for the FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from March 7 to 15. Both the teams started cautiously as neither team wanted to give the initial edge to the other. The two teams made desperate attempts to strike the goal post but all efforts went in vain. The entire first half of the game did not yield any result for the sides. It was Deepika, who opened the scoring for the Indians and surged ahead in the 40th minute by netting the ball.
Germany then pressed hard in search of an equaliser but the Indian eves displaying some spectacular stick work as they dominated the game and kept the ball in their possession. It was Amandeep Singh, who successfully converted a penalty corner in the 55th minute to extend India’s lead. Germany then played with a single intention to score and finally broke the shackles when Marie Mavers slapped the ball towards the nets and pumped in a lone goal through a field effort in the 59th minute to reduce the margin.
Thereafter none of the teams could score any more goals and the game ended in India’s favour.
Ambassador of India to Spain Vikram Misri and the secretary Chander Parkash Gandhi were seen enjoying the match and supporting the Indian eves.