India beat Argentina to finish with bronze
India overcame a two-goal deficit to eke out a 3-2 win over Argentina and finish with the bronze medal in the Champions Challenge hockey tournament in Salta, Argentina.sports Updated: Dec 14, 2009 12:00 IST
India overcame a two-goal deficit to eke out a 3-2 win over Argentina and finish with the bronze medal in the Champions Challenge hockey tournament in Salta, Argentina.
Their hopes to qualify for Champions Trophy dashed after the semifinal defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan.
The Indian team was trailing 0-2 inside the first half an hour before V Raghunath (35th minute), Gurbaz Singh (54th) and Dhananjay Mahadik (69th) sounded the board to complete the win.
The bronze medal game started with both the teams taking their time and gauging each other before going on the offensive.
Argentina had the lion’s share of ball control and the hosts managed a series of penalty-corners but Indian custodian P Sreejesh was reassuring under the bar.
On the second one, Pedro Ibarra collected the rebound but sent his shot in the clouds and finally Facundo Callioni opened the account in the 22nd minute with a shot from a difficult angle.
India tried to shift play into the Argentinean half but Callioni hit the target again soon with a spectacular diving deflection. Stung by the quick goals, the Indians pulled up their socks and started to dominate but they could not get close enough to generate a decent chance.