India squandered their hard-earned lead on two occasions as they slumped to their second successive defeat losing 2-4 to World Cup bronze medallists Argentina in the Hero Champions Trophy, here on Sunday.
Riding its fine form after bagging a silver in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Indian men`s hockey team edged out Bangladesh 2-1 in the opening Test of the three-match series that started today in Dhaka as part of the Asian Games tune-up.
They might have struggled for most part of the tournament but Mumbai Magicians drew curtains to their campaign in the second Hero Hockey India League in style, defeating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 to register their second consecutive win here on Tuesday.
Hosts India drew curtains to their disastrous campaign at the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup by finishing a disappointing 10th after losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in a classification match at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, here today.
Ramandeep Singh scored two field goals to guide India to a comfortable 4-2 win over Argentina today and set up a mouth-watering clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in the 9th-10th place classification match at the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup here.
Out of the podium race in the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup, India have a chance to redeem some pride with a win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the 9-10th place classification match but national coach Baljit Singh Saini today refused to treat the high-profile fixture as a "special" encounter.
The Services crumbled meekly as Punjab, courtesy three goals apiece by Gurjinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh, raced to a 7-2 win in their concluding Pool C game entering the quarterfinals of Hockey India`s second senior national men`s hockey championship here Thursday.
Gurjinder Singh and Adil Khan are the two new faces in the 23-member squad announced by national football coach Savio Medeira for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup, which begins in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 9.