India beat Argentina 3-2

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India's hockey team finally managed a win in the four-nations event in Germany.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:39 IST
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India's hockey team finally managed a win in the four-nations event in Germany. They staved off a late challenge from Argentina to win 3-2 in their final match of the four-nation invitation hockey tournament at Warsteiner Hockey Park in Monchengladbach. After Sandeep Singh (11th), Rajpal Singh (18th, 25th) put the team 3-0 up, the South Americans fought back through goals by Ezequiel Paulon (61st) and Tomas Maccormick (66th) in the last 10 minutes. Sandeep opened the account for India by converting the first penalty corner. The Argentinians responded by launching a series of attacks, however, their efforts went in vain as they missed a couple of chances. India on the other hand did not missed many an opportunity and extended the lead soon after. Rajpal Singh put it past the Argentina goalkeeper after getting a nice pass from Tushar Khandekar. On the attack The Indians initiated another attack on the left flank. But striker Tejbir Singh to get control of the final pass just in front of the D. The third goal was not far, though. After thwarting an Argentinian attempt to score, the Indians raided their opponents' citadel. An opportune Rajpal deflected a free hit from outside the striking circle to make it 3-0. India kept up their momentum with a couple of good moves led by captain Gagan Ajit Singh early in the second half. A few minutes later, Arjun Halappa missed out on golden chance to net the fourth goal for India. With that win, India finished third in the event. They had earlier lost 5-3 to Spain and 4-1 to Germany. This is the team's first tournament under new coach V Baskaran. (With PTI inputs)

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