Youth Olympics: Indian eves settle for silver in Hockey

Buenos Aires [Argentina], 15 October 2018: The Indian U-18 Women's Hockey team have finished their campaign at the ongoing 2018 Youth Olympic Games campaign with the Silver Medal as they suffered a heart-breaking 1-3 loss against hosts Argentina in the Final of the Hockey 5s competition. India's Mumtaz Khan opened the scoring in the match after just 49 seconds, but the hosts scored thrice through Gianella Palet, Sofia Ramallo and Brisa Bruggesser to secure the gold medal. India started the first period well, as they attacked the hosts right from the opening whistle, and were rewarded after just 49 seconds as in-form Forward Mumtaz Khanscored to give her team a crucial lead. However, Argentina put the pressure on their opponents to find the equaliser in front of their home crowd and were successful in their efforts, as Gianella Palet and Sofia Ramallo scored to turn the match around and help their side to a 2-1 lead at half-time. The second period saw Argentina keep most of the possession, not allowing the Indian team to find space or create chances. It was Argentina's Brisa Bruggesser who had the first real chance of the second period in the 12th minute, and the Midfielder made sure that she hit the target, giving her team a solid 3-1 lead. The home team looked resolute in defence, and closed down the Indians whenever they had possession, meaning that the Asian side struggled to find any real openings. Argentina, backed by their crowd, made sure that they managed the game well, as they kept possession and saw themselves through to the final whistle to register a historic gold medal victory. The Indian eves created history as they won the Silver Medal at the Youth Olympic Games on their very first attempt. Earlier, Indian Men's Hockey team had also finished second on the podium after being handed over a 2-4 defeat by Malaysia in the final of the event.
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