India was held to a 2-2 draw against Argentina’s junior national team here on Sunday, in the first contest of its tour of Argentina. Goals from young Indian striker Sharmila Devi (22nd minute) and the experienced Deep Grace Ekka (31st minute) were cancelled out by strikes from Argentina’s Paula Santamarina (28th) and Brisa Bruggesser (48th).

Chief coach Sjoerd Marijne lauded the performance of the Indian team which was returning to international competition after a year following a COVID-19-induced break. “It was a typical first match after a long gap. Playing a competitive side after a year takes time to get into the rhythm and we played 23 athletes to give them all a feeling of playing in a match after a long gap,” Marijne said.

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