The Indian men’s hockey team came from behind to draw 3-3 in their penultimate match on Saturday at the Six Nations Invitational Tournament in Valencia.

Argentina took the lead in the closing moments of the first quarter but Rupinder Pal Singh evened things with a penalty stroke in the first few minutes of the second quarter. Argentina leapt ahead through two quick goals on the brink of half-time to lead 3-1.

It was only in the fourth quarter that India stepped up their game. Ramandeep Singh scored India’s second goal with a fierce strike in the 47th minute, while Devindar Walmiki got a lovely one from a difficult angle in the 57th minute to make it 3-3.

India will play their final game against Spain on Sunday.

A late fightback by the Men in Blue denied Argentina their third win of the Six Nations Championship here in Valencia. Trailing 1-3 with fifteen minutes remaining, the Indian team upped the ante late into the second half and struck twice to bounce back to the final scoreline of 3-3. Given their poor head-to-head record against Argentina, today’s hard-earned result will provide quite a lot of encouragement before they take on Spain on Sunday for the final group fixture at the same venue.

Virtually from the restart, India carved the Argentina defence open with a sweeping move that ended with Ramandeep fouled at the goal mouth with only the goalkeeper to beat. India were awarded a stroke, which Rupinder subsequently scored to draw the teams level.

Argentina hit back soon though, first through a penalty corner conversion by Gonzalo Peillat and then via Lucas Vila’s field goal. Argentina went into half-time with a 3-1 lead in the game.

India rallied together in the second half and came out stronger, taking control of the midfield and not allowing Argentina possession in the centre of the park. Despite the early pressure though, their final pass wasn’t enough to break down the Argentina defence.