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India earns a bonus point in a shootout win over Argentina thanks to Harmanpreet Singh's brilliance and PR Sreejesh's tenacity.

India defeated Argentina 3-2 in penalty shoot-out on Sunday

Wednesday, 28th April 2021

Harmanpreet Singh's two goals in the action-packed first game of their FIH Pro League tie in Buenos Aires held the Indian men's hockey team afloat in regulation time, and they snatched a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Olympic champions Argentina. In an engrossing match between two evenly-matched teams, Harmanpreet (21st minute) gave India a 1-0 lead with a superbly executed penalty corner early in the second quarter, before Martin Ferreiro (28th, 30th) scored a quick-fire double to bring Los Leones up 2-1 at halftime.

Argentina held on to their lead until the final seconds of the game, when Harmanpreet (60th) stepped up to the plate for the visitors, who were playing their first Pro League match in over a year, to level the scores with a second-phase penalty corner.

The draw ensured a point for each side, but it was the visitors who walked away with the bonus point, thanks in large part to PR Sreejesh's outstanding goalkeeping.

The team that wins the shoot-out also gets the bonus point, according to the event's rules.

Sreejesh made saves from Lucas Vila, Martin Ferreiro, and Ignacio Ortiz before Dilpreet Singh scored a cool goal against veteran Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi to secure a 3-2 victory in the one-on-ones.

The result meant India consolidated their fifth position in the FIH Hockey Pro League standings with 12 points from seven matches.

Argentina are placed sixth, with 11 points from as many games. Harmanpreet was deservedly declared Player of the Match.

"I think the most important thing was that we never gave up," Harmanpreet said.

"We were fighting until the last minute, and that is why we got a result here."

The News Talkie Bureau



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