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Update: Six Nation Hockey Tournament
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India Bounce Back in Six Nation Hockey Tournament, Beat Ireland 2-1

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India bounced back after their 0-4 loss to Germany with a 2-1 win over Ireland in the six nation hockey tournament

HIGHLIGHTS

1-India had lost their opening game to Germany 4-0
2-Sardar Singh and Talwinder Singh scored for India
3-Kyle Good scored for Ireland

A defiant India managed to hold back minnows Ireland 2-1 in the second match of the Six Nation Hockey Tournament here on Tuesday.

After a below-par show in the opening game against Olympic gold medallists Germany, India put on a fight through efforts from forward Talwinder Singh and skipper Sardar Singh in the 22nd and 32nd minutes respectively while midfielder Kyle Good managed the solitary goal for Ireland.

In the first quarter, Ireland began the proceedings on a promising note to take a 1-0 lead with midfielder Kyle Good opening the scoring in the very fourth minute of the match. After the drubbing from Germany, India looked rusty but did not allow any more scoring opportunities.

India bounced back well in the second quarter, creating chances and with much improved defence to get the equaliser in the 22nd minute. Forward Talwinder Singh made no mistake in converting a penalty corner chance to make it 1-1 going into half time.

Coming back from the break, India were on the aggressive as a clever deflection from skipper Sardar Singh gave the team the much-needed lead in the 32nd minute. Four minutes later, India missed another chance of scoring after failing to convert a penalty corner. India once again failed to put the ball inside the net in the 38th minute to go to the fourth quarter 2-1.

The final quarter witnessed a tough contest from either side with the Irish giving a tough fight. India tried their best to extend the lead but failed to cross the Irish defence as the match ended 2-1 in favour of the Indians.

Speaking after the game India's chief coach Roelant Oltmans said, "We started off slow today, much like yesterday, but quickly came back and found our rhythm. The good thing is we played strongly once we took the lead and had several chances to secure the game, an area we need to work on."

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India lose to New Zealand, to face Argentina tomorrow

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Valencia: Indian men's hockey team lost 0-1 to New Zealand to slump to its its second defeat in the six-nation Invitational tournament and will now face the formidable Argentina in its penultimate round-robin match, here on Saturday.

New Zealand's Stephen Jenness scored the lone goal of the match in the 18th minute late last night.

India had earlier lost 0-4 to Germany in their tournament opener before registering a fighting 2-1 win over Ireland in their next game.

India are now placed fourth in the points table with just three points from one win and two defeats. Olympic champions Germany and Argentina lead the chart with six points from two wins followed by Spain on three points from two games.

If India are to stay in the hunt for a place in the summit clash, Sardar Singh and his men have no option but to beat Argentina tomorrow.

Going by recent International Hockey Federation (FIH) rankings, India enjoy an edge over Argentina. By virtue of their runners-up finish in the Champions Trophy in London earlier this month, India leapfrogged to the fifth spot in the world rankings ahead of Belgium (6th) and Argentina (7th).

But it will be easier said than done as the Argentines are a tough nut to crask on the turf which is clearly visible from their run in the tournament so far. The Indians will have to dish out a consistent performance and avoid making mistakes at the backline if they desire to emerge winners tomorrow.

India will finish their round robin campaign against Spain on Sunday.

The tournament is being held as a preparation for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.

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India hold Argentina in 6-goal thriller, play Spain in final game

Valencia: Indian men's hockey team managed to hold Argentina to a thrilling 3-3 draw in the six-nation Invitational tournament during their penultimate round-robin match, here on Saturday.

The first half started off slowly before Argentina took control of the ball in the first quarter, trying to carve inroads into the Indian defence.

The opening goal of the match came just seconds before the hooter as Matias Paredes netted the ball to give Argentina the lead going into the break.

India then carved the Argentina defence open with a sweeping move, that ended with Ramandeep fouling at the goalmouth with only the goalkeeper to beat. India were awarded a stroke, and Rupinder Pal Singh converted it into a goal in the 16th minute to draw level.

However, Argentina soon hit back, first through a penalty corner conversion by Gonzalo Peillat and then via Lucas Vila's field goal, going into the halftime with a 3-1 lead.

India rallied together in the second half and came out stronger, taking control of the midfield and not allowing Argentina possession in the centre of the park.

India earned their first penalty corner in the final minutes of the third quarter, but Rupinder Pal Singh's high flick was saved by the Argentine goalkeeper to ensure that they went into the final break with a two-goal lead intact.

In the final quarter, India again took control, pushing the ball quickly within their ranks and causing Argentina problems in their circle.

This time, the Indians made it count. After an exchange of passes on the right wing, the ball dropped to Danish Mujtaba in the circle. And under pressure, Danish got the ball away towards Ramandeep, whose tap in cut the gap to one.

Galvanised by the goal, India threw on a slew of attackers and soon the trio of Ramandeep, Sunil and Akashdeep started causing trouble for the Argentina defence.

Devindar closed in behind the Argentina defence and scored a superb goal in the 57th minute to level the scores 3-3.

Minutes later, Argentina got a penalty corner but Sreejesh denied a goal.

In the last minutes of the match, India pushed hard but Argentina's defence held on to ensure that the teams split the honours.

India will take on Spain in their final game.

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India draw with Spain in final game

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Valencia: India played out a 1-1 draw in their final match of the 6 Nations invitational hockey tournament here tournament.

India started off on the front foot, very early in the game and had a penalty corner as early as the 5th minute, which was saved by Quico Cortes in Spain's goal. The action shifted ends very quickly though.

From the counterattack, Spain earned a penalty corner which brought out a sharp save from Sreejesh. The see-saw nature of the match went on as India won another penalty corner, saved again by Cortes who was also at hand to put away Talwinder's attempt from the rebound.

From there though, Spain started exerting a bit of control over the game and soon made the pressure count. A penalty corner was saved on the line by Sreejesh before an infringement off a defender, earned Spain a stroke. Pau Quemada scored to give Spain the lead as they went into the break.

India came out much the same in the second quarter, constantly probing, pushing and earning penalty corners, but Cortes was always up to the task, deflecting it away with sharp saves. In the 18th minute though, Raghunath finally made one count, breaking through to draw the teams level. With a minute of the first half left, India had another glorious chance, but Cortes again pulled off a double - he saved first from the drag flick and then from the rebound to ensure the two teams went into half time with the scores even at 1-1.

In the second half, India started taking more control of the ball and exerted pressure on the Spanish flanks, as they sat deep looking to pounce on the counter. Much of it though was thwarted away by Spain.

In the final quarter, India pushed high up the pitch and wave upon wave of attacks went into the Spanish circle, as they struggled to defend and keep the honours even. With seconds to play, India would come closest to getting the lead, but the effort hit the crossbar and fell safely to leave the two teams with an equal share of the points.

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