Spain beats India 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Hosts India put up a pathetic show to go down 1-2 to defending champions Spain in their opening encounter of the 27th Champions Trophy tournament.

Spain beats India 2-1

Chennai:

Hosts India put up a pathetic show to go down 1-2 to defending champions Spain in their opening encounter of the 27th Champions Trophy tournament in Chennai. The Spaniards, who exhibited good coordination, registered the win through goals by Eduard Tubau (21st minute) and Pablo Amat (52nd minute) to bag three crucial points. Kanwalpreet Singh (29th minute) scored the lone goal for India. The hosts failed to stick to the basics like tackling, trapping and passing allowing their rivals to gain momentum after both sides made a slow start due to a heavy downpur. But the Spaniards soon found their rhythm and scored courtesy a defensive lapse by the Indians. The host team's defenders were slow off their feet as David Alegre took a shot which rebounded of custodian Adrian D'Souza's pads. An alert Eduard Tubau made no mistake to give Spain the lead in the 21st minute. However eight minutes later, Kanwalpreet drew parity by showing presence of mind to employ a dummy shot and convert a penalty corner. The hosts went into half-time with the scores levelled at 1-1. But they did not improve their performance and continued to commit the same mistakes in the second half. Vulnerable defence In the absence of ace defender Dilip Tirkey, the defence looked quite vulnerable. In the 52nd minute, Vikram Pillay's faulty tackling inside the D provided Spain a penalty stroke. Pablo Amat utilised the chance to score the winning goal despite Indian goalkeeper Adrian D'Souza's valiant effort. India have to win their next match against arch-rivals Pakistan tomorrow in order to stay in medal contention. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey Spain
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