Spain beat India 2-1 in the 2nd test of Santander series

The Spanish team defeated India (2-1) in the second test match at Santander as both teams are in final stage of preparations for the London Games. Sandeep Singh (Penalty corner 28th minute) scored the solitary goal for India, while Spain registered goals through Pau Quemada (34th minute) and Santi Freixa (Penalty corner 69th minute).

Ignace Tirkey

File Photo: Ignace Tirkey, who marked 250th International Cap

After drawing first test (3-3) against World Number 5 side spain, India continued to play a fast and attacking game. And took lead through the penalty corner goal by ace drag flicker Sandeep Singh in 28th minute.

Uncomfortable on the field Spain managed to level the score (1-1) through Pau Quemada’s field  goal which turned the tied. The hosts took possession of the ball and set up the tempo of game after the lemon break. The Skipper of Spain, Santi Freixa converted a penalty in the 69th minute to win the game for his team to avoid second consecutive draw. Continue reading →

Spain and India Play a Draw (3-3) on Opening of Blue Pitch at Santander

Opening game of Blue Pitch, similar to London Olympics, Santander, offered an exciting battle between home side Spain and Eight times Olympics Gold Medalists India which ended in 3-3 draw. Tushar Khandkar, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and SK Utthappa scored for India.

Gurvinder Singh Chandi

File Photo: Gurvinder Singh Chandi

Speedy and skillful Indian team controlled the game and took the lead through Tushar Khandkar’s deflection on SV Sunil’s cross in 11th minute of the match but, but Edi Tubau drew the parity on a pass from David Alegre in 24th minute and Sergi Enrique made it 2-1 by converting a penalty stroke in favor of Spanish side to the much delight house full stands. However, World Number 10 side India’s forward Gurvinder Singh Chandi sent the ball home on a rebound from Spanish Goalie Cortes’s pad on  a penalty corner just before the end of the first half to make it 2-2 and went in lemon break with scores level. Continue reading →