On Sunday, the Indian women’s hockey team won the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation – International Tournament with a convincing 3-0 victory over the tournament’s hosts Spain. India maintained its perfect record in the competition with goals from Vandana Katariya in the 22nd minute, Monika in the 48th, and Udita in the 58th.
Table-toppers India got off to a fast start in the opening period, building on their victory over England on Saturday thanks to Lalremsiami’s hat-trick, which gave them a 3-0 victory. The Indians took their time getting going and kept their structure disciplined with quick, crisp passes that allowed them to open up space in the circle. But the visitors were unable to score in the opening period.
In the final five minutes of the first quarter, Spain had a few excellent chances to score, but Savita, the India custodian and captain, made some outstanding saves to keep the opposition at bay. India made a commanding entrance to the second quarter, making it plain that they intended to take the lead.
They built on a potent offensive, and in the 22nd minute Sushila beautifully set up a field goal opportunity. She quickly passed the ball to Neha Goyal at the top of the circle, but Neha’s shot hit Clara Perez’s pads, the Spanish goalie.
The game’s MVP, Lalremsiami, pounced on the rebound and slammed it past the goalie. Vandana was in the ideal spot to get a light touch and push the ball across the goal line.
India had the advantage thanks to the lead, which allowed them to confidently enter the striking circle. They increased the pressure on Spain by controlling the ball for the next few minutes. When Monika converted a penalty corner in the 48th minute, India increased its advantage over Spain. Perez had been replaced in the Spanish goal by Maria Ruiz.