The Indian women’s hockey team put up a spirited display to stun World Cup bronze medallists Spain 5-2 in its third match of the tour on Tuesday. Young striker from Mizoram, Lalremsiami (17th, 58th minutes) starred with a brace, while Neha Goyal (21st), NRanavneet Kaur (32nd), Rani Rampal (51st) maintained India’s lead after the initial setback in the first quarter.
By virtue of this win, India have managed to level the series at 1-1. After having lost the tour opener 2-3, India held Spain to a 1-1 draw in the second game. But it was Spain, who scored the first goal in the seventh minute through Berta Bonastre.
A determined India, however, made a quick recovery with striker Lalremsiami’s fine goal in the 17th minute and then struck again four minutes later through Neha to take a 2-1 lead. Navneet struck a splendid third goal for India in the 32nd minute.