The Indian women’s hockey team produced a dominant performance to comfortably beat hosts Spain 3-0 and win the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation International Tournament at Barcelona. Vandana Katariya (22nd minute), Monika (48th) and Udita (58th) were the goal scorers as India remained unbeaten in the tournament. Riding on the success of Saturday’s match against England, where Lalremsiami’s hattrick helped them win 3-0, table toppers India got off to strong start in the first quarter. Spain created some fine opportunities in the last five minutes of the quarter but India captain and goalkeeper Savita kept the opponents at bay.India started the second quarter in a dominant fashion, showing clear intent to take the lead. Sushila set up a fine field goal opportunity in the 22nd minute. Lalremsiami, the star of the match against England, picked up a rebound and smashed it past the goalie and Vandana was perfectly positioned to get a slight touch to push the ball past the goal-line.
Men pip Netherlands 2-1
The Indian men’s hockey team notched up a 2-1 win over reigning FIH Hockey Pro League champions Netherlands 2-1 in the third-fourth placing match. Captain Harmanpreet Singh (15th) and Dilpreet Singh (50th) scored in India’s hard-fought victory, while Thierry Brinkman (25th) scored the lone goal for the Dutch side. All goals came from penalty corners.