India had made a fine start in the first quarter with a well-structured attack that fetched them three goals ensuring an early lead. The first goal was courtesy forward Mandeep Singh who helped India earn a PC in the 7th minute which was effortlessly converted by dragflicker Varun Kumar.
After losing 3-4 to India in the first practice match, reigning Olympic champions Argentina quelled India's chances of a second consecutive victory as they made a strong comeback to hold the visitors 4-4 in a tense practice match here at Cenard, Buenos Aires on Wednesday.
For India, goals were scored by Nilakanta Sharma (16'), Harmanpreet Singh (28'), Rupinder Pal Singh (33') and Varun Kumar (47'). It was dragflicker Leandro Tolini (35' and 53') and Maico Casella (41') who scored for the home team.
After all, this was his first overseas tour since 2019 when India travelled to Belgium. While he was part of India's FIH Hockey Pro League matches in Bhubaneswar, Rupinder missed out on India's tour to Europe in February this year due to injury.
Hockey India on Tuesday announced a 22-member Indian squad who will take on Olympic Champions Argentina in the FIH Hockey Pro League matches on April 11-12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Indian Women's Hockey Team's recent tours to Argentina and Germany respectively has been crucial in their preparations for the Olympic Games, feels experienced defender Deep Grace Ekka.
In the last scheduled match on Sunday, the Indian team led by Rani held Argentina to a 1-1 draw. There's a huge difference now, we can definitely beat top teams.
The Indian women's hockey team put up a determined performance to end their campaign in Argentina with a 1-1 draw. It was skipper Rani who struck for India in the 35th minute while Emilia Forcherio scored for the home team through a penalty stroke.
"Football and the world of sports has lost one of its greatest players today. Rest in Peace Diego Maradona! You shall be missed," Tendulkar tweeted.
Shah Rukh Khan took to his Twitter handle to share a picture of Maradona lifting the 1986 World Cup won by Argentina and wrote, "Diego Maradona... you made football even more beautiful. You will be sorely missed and may you entertain and enthral heaven as you did this world. RIP..."