India made a fine start with a well-structured attack that fetched them three goals in the first quarter. The first goal was courtesy forward Mandeep Singh who helped earn a penalty corner in the 7th minute which was effortlessly converted by drag flicker Varun Kumar.
India, however, regained the lead with Rajkumar Pal’s goal in the 13th minute. He was assisted by Nilakanta Sharma who has been in good nick, showing his prowess as an attacking midfielder. In the following minute, a PC earned by forward Lalit Upadyay saw Rupinder Pal score a splendid goal taking the lead to 3-1 in the 14th minute.
The second quarter began with both teams trading PCs with each other but none were successful. However, in the 23rd minute,
Following the 10-minute halftime break, both teams vied to dominant with the ball and played on par with each other to keep the tempo up. It was eventually Argentina who succeeded in breaking the gridlock in this quarter by earning a PC which was well-struck by Argentina’s attacking midfielder Ignacio Ortiz.
The 3-3 equaliser didn’t dampen India’s spirit as they successfully scored the fourth goal via forward Dilpreet Singh who made a successful entry foray into the striking circle, earning a PC in the 44th minute. Varun made no mistake in converting the goal and regaining the lead for India.
With the visitors ahead only by a goal, the last quarter was a battle of nerves with the home team stepping on the gas to secure an equaliser. Though they created a PC in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, it was well-saved by custodian Krishan Pathak but he could do little to stop Lucas’s field goal in the 57th minute, thus ending the game in a 4-4 stalemate.
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