The scorecard will say India vs Spain on Sunday ended 2-2 and Graham Reid’s aspect gained an additional level after successful the shootout. Simply by trying on the scorecard, the 2 targets conceded would possibly recommend that India, as soon as once more, did not do sufficient defensively. However that is not the case.
After giving freely 10 targets in three matches, most of which got here from defensive errors, the Indian defence placed on a much-improved effort in opposition to Spain. The spotlight was goalkeeper Krishan Pathak’s heroics, who was excellent all through the match and turned it up a notch within the shootout.
Stable on the again however playing cards show expensive
Spain had a fantastic likelihood to take the early lead once they gained a penalty nook early within the first quarter, however Manpreet Singh (who else!) set the tone for what was to comply with. He was one of many rushers defending the penalty nook and threw his physique on the road to avoid wasting the hit. The ball struck him on the thigh and he was in ache, however he bought up rapidly and motioned that he was okay to soldier on.
It had a rippling impact on the remainder of the group, as his fellow defenders adopted swimsuit and did their best possible at any time when Spain had the ball.
Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh and Amit Rohidas had been stable on the again for nearly three quarters. Manpreet, Hardik Singh, Shamsher Singh, Rajkumar Pal and Rabichandra Moirangthem additionally supplied good cowl for his or her defence, thwarting Spain’s assault for more often than not.
At half-time, Spain had extra penalty corners (3-2) and circle penetrations (12-9), nevertheless it was India who had the lead due to Harmanpreet Singh’s aim. Quickly after the beginning of the third quarter, Harmanpreet transformed one other penalty nook to make sure India doubled their lead. Nevertheless, India’s issues started once they began shedding gamers to playing cards. Thoughts you, India had been already proven three inexperienced playing cards by that point however did properly to not give the benefit.
Jugraj Singh was proven a yellow card within the thirty eighth minute whereas Sumit additionally bought a yellow within the fourth quarter. Each instances, Spain took the chance and scored. Spain gained 10 penalty corners within the closing two quarters. They’d’ve gained the match if not for Pathak’s brilliance.
“For the three quarters of the sport, I used to be fairly comfortable nevertheless it’s onerous to maintain defending while you solely have 10 gamers,” Reid advised ESPN after the match.
Relating to the playing cards, Reid stated he would not wish to touch upon umpires however added, “we have to have a look at the sport, and also you need (to resolve) to let individuals observe or not as a result of we’re giving freely corners to every thing, we’re giving freely playing cards to every thing.”
Reid had some extent: it isn’t clear as to why umpires are so fast to point out playing cards.
Pathak steals the present
The Indian goalkeeper has been in chic kind over the previous couple of matches. On Sunday, he performed all 4 quarters with PR Sreejesh watched on from the bench. It is perhaps a vindication of his kind, however Pathak confirmed after the match that Sreejesh was carrying a niggle.
Pathak could not do a lot in opposition to Marc Miralles’ penalty nook which made it 1-2 for Spain and did extraordinarily properly to avoid wasting Pere Amat’s shot however the ball hit Jugraj’s foot and rolled into the aim to make it 2-2. However other than these two cases, he pulled off quite a few saves, particularly within the closing two quarters when Spain upped the depth.
His brilliance was seen through the shootout as properly when he saved three pictures to make sure India take some extent greater than Spain. Pathak noticed Spain lacking all their pictures through the shootout in opposition to New Zealand on Saturday and it proved to be helpful.
“I all the time attempt to keep calm. This isn’t the time to leap in pleasure. You need to bear in mind every thing you probably did as preparations for this second. The shootout (in opposition to New Zealand) additionally helped me,” Pathak stated.
India completed the ‘mini match’ of Professional League with eight factors after two wins, one shootout win and one loss. Up subsequent for them is a 5 match collection in opposition to Australia down beneath, beginning within the final week of November.