India men defeated 1-4 by Spain in first Hockey Test

New Delhi, Aug.11 (ANI): Indian Men’s Hockey Team faced its first defeat in the European Tour as hosts Spain beat the team 1-4 in their opening game of the three-match series on Monday.

Both the teams were 1-1 at half time, but in the second half the home side gave a sparkling performance by scoring three more goals.

In response, SV Sunil was the only scorer for India.

Meanwhile, Veteran player Gurbaj Singh has been suspended for nine months by Hockey India after being charged with creating disharmony within the team. Felix had leveled the charges against Gurbaj in his report following the conclusion of last month’s Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Sardar Singh-led team had earlier produced a perfect blend of aggression and defense under new coach Roelant Oltmans to claim a 2-0 win over France in their opening Test match at Le Touquet, thanks to Chinglensana Singh and SV Sunil strikes.

This is a preparatory tour for the upcoming World League Final which will be held in India later this year. They have already made it to next year’s Rio Olympics.

India will play its second match against Spain tomorrow. (ANI)

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