Rupinder's brace hands India 3-0 win over Spain in hockey

27th July,2021

Rupinder's brace hands India 3-0 win over Spain in hockey

Rupinder Pal Singh, a Dragflicker scored a brace as the Indian men's hockey overcame a demoralising defeat in the previous match to cruise past Spain 3-0 and register its second win at the Tokyo Olympics here on Tuesday.

Drubbed 1-7 by Australia in it's last match, India produced a spirited performance against world No.9 Spain and scored through Simranjeet Singh (14th minute) and Rupinder Pal Singh (15th and 51st) to record a comfortable win in their third Pool A match at the Oi Hockey Stadium.

India, ranked 4th in the world, had earlier defeated New Zealand 3-2 in their opening match. Spain, on the other hand, are yet to register a win in the Tokyo Olympics.

The Indians will next play against the reigning Olympic champions Argentina on Thursday.

For any team it is always tough to recover from a morale-shattering loss within a day, but India looked more organised and played magnificently well against Spain on Tuesday.

Manpreet Singh's men played high pressure hockey from the word go and dominated the possession in initial 10 minutes even though they failed to create any real scoring opportunities in the match.

In the ninth minute, India came very close to breaking the deadlock but Simranjeet's deflection from skipper Manpreet Singh sailed over the goal.

Spain slowly and steadily got into the groove and secured their first penalty corner in the 12th minute but wasted this chance too.

The Indians mounted number of attacks in the final few minutes of the match and the strategy bore fruits when Spain's defence was caught off guard by Amit Rohidas' pass and an unmarked Simranjeet just tapped the ball into the goal past Quico Cortes.

The goal revitalized India as they secured three back-to-back penalty corners in the final minute of the first quarter and from the third set piece Harmanpreet's flick found the body of a Spanish defender, which resulted in a penalty stroke.

Rupinder Pal Singh stepped up and made no mistake this time in doubling India's lead.