Tokyo Olympics: Indian men’s hockey team registered a comfortable victory against Spain in their third Group ‘A’ encounter at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.
India made an attacking start in the game but it was Spain who earned the first penalty corner of the match in the 12th minute but failed to convert. Simranjeet Singh scored for India in the 14th minute through a cross from Amit Rohidas. India earned three back to back penalty corners which turned into a penalty stroke and Rupinder Pal Singh made no mistake to double India’s lead.
In the second quarter, Spain earned two penalty corners but India made the saves. India led 2-0 at halftime.
Spain continued to build pressure on India in the third quarter but could not score due to some fine goalkeeping and defending by the Indians.
India earned a penalty corner in the 51st minute after Simranjeet Singh was brought down in the 23-metre circle. Rupinder scored his second to give India a 3-0 lead. A couple of minutes later, Spain earned back to back penalty corners but was once again denied by the Indians. Spain continued to press forward but Sreejesh and Indian defenders didn’t allow them to score as the scoreline remained the same.
This is India’s second win in three games and they have now moved up to the second spot in their Group. India will next face Argentina on Thursday.