Hockey: India suffer 1st defeat in Europe tour, lose to Spain

  • ANI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2015 11:28 IST

The Indian men's hockey team's winning streak in its ongoing tour of Europe came to an end on Monday, with hosts Spain beating the visitors 4-1 in the first game of the three-match series.

The score was tied 1-1 at half time, but in the second half the home side gave a sparkling performance by scoring three more goals.

SV Sunil was the only scorer for India.

Meanwhile, Veteran player Gurbaj Singh was suspended for nine months by Hockey India after being charged with creating disharmony within the team. Coach Jude Felix had levelled the charges against Gurbaj in his report following the conclusion of last month's Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Sardar Singh-led team had earlier produced a perfect blend of aggression and defense under new coach Roelant Oltmans to claim a 2-0 win over France in their opening Test match at Le Touquet, thanks to Chinglensana Singh and SV Sunil strikes.

This is a preparatory tour for the upcoming World League Final which will be held in India later this year. They have already made it to next year's Rio Olympics.

India will play its second match on Wednesday.

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