With the help of two goals from captain Harmanpreet Singh, the Indian men's hockey team defeated Spain 4-1 in the FIH Pro League match in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Harmanpreet converted a penalty corner in the seventh minute and then scored in the 20th minute. Jugraj Singh converted a penalty corner in the 24th minute while Lalit Kumar Upadhyay scored a field goal in the 50th minute to register an easy win for India. Spain's only goal came in a penalty-stroke by Marc Miralles in the 34th minute.
The match was also the 350th international match for experienced midfielder and former captain Manpreet Singh after making his India debut in 2011.
Spain started positively, having possession of the ball in the first five minutes but failing to create any clear-cut chances.
Soon Hardik Singh earned the first penalty corner for India and Harmanpreet scored her 150th penalty-corner goal in her 199th match.
It was a wonderful penalty corner, strong and low, which completely beat Spain goalkeeper Luis Calzado.
The home team's defense was strong in the first quarter and did not allow Spain to reach the goal despite enjoying possession.
At the start of the second quarter, Spain got a penalty corner, but India's experienced custodian PR Sreejesh stuck out his left foot to prevent the visitors from scoring.
After this, India got consecutive penalty corners and on the second occasion the host team got a penalty stroke for illegal clearance of the ball.
Harmanpreet stepped up and converted the opportunity to put India 2-0 ahead and register her 171st goal for the country.
India got two more penalty corners in the second quarter, and after missing the first chance, Jugraj converted the next chance with a powerful ground flick between the legs of the Spanish goalkeeper.
Spain then got a penalty corner at the end of the game, but Sreejesh made a double save to stop the opponents.
Four minutes after the change of ends, Spain reduced the gap through Miralles, who scored from the spot after a poor tackle by Gurjant Singh inside the circle.
India got another penalty corner in the third quarter but Jugraj was wide of the target.
Five minutes into the final quarter, Fine found himself in the right place at the right time to kick a spectacular field goal with a powerful tomahawk.
The Indians then registered a solid win by maintaining their three-goal lead with some solid defending.
India will take on Netherlands in their next match on Sunday in Bhubaneswar.
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