The Indian hockey group started their FIH Males’s Hockey World Cup 2023 marketing campaign with a powerful 2-0 win over Spain 2-0 of their opening Pool D match of the match on the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, on Friday.
Amit Rohidas (13`) scored India`s opener within the first quarter whereas Hardik Singh (27`) netted India`s second aim. The win takes India as much as the second place in Pool D standings behind England, who beat Wales 5-0 within the different Pool fixture earlier within the day.
Each groups began the match on equal footing and the primary 10 minutes ebbed and flowed with the 2 groups dominating phases of the sport. Nevertheless the ultimate couple of minutes of the primary quarter noticed India take management and capitalise with an all-important first aim.
After captain Harmanpreet Singh`s shot was blocked by the Spain defence, Amit Rohidas latched onto the unfastened ball and drove his shot previous a helpless Adrian Rafi within the Spanish aim to attain India`s first aim of the Hockey World Cup 2023. It was additionally India`s two hundredth aim within the match. Solely Australia, the Netherlands and Pakistan have scored extra.
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Spain elevated their attacking intent to attempt to restore parity however India goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak pulled off some improbable saves to maintain India`s lead intact. India additionally created alternatives of their very own and located a second aim from a counter assault.
Hardik Singh broke in tempo and confirmed some gorgeous three dimensional abilities to weave previous 4 defenders. His try at aim from a good angle took a deflection off a Spanish defender and rippled the web. India took a 2-0 benefit into the half-time break.
Shortly after the restart, Akashdeep Singh received India a penalty stroke however Harmanpreet`s shot from the spot was nearly snuffed on the road by Adrian Rafi. India got here near scoring a 3rd on a number of events within the third quarter, together with from two Harmanpreet PCs, however the scoreline remained 2-0 heading into the ultimate quarter.
India had been dealt a blow early within the last quarter after Abhishek was proven a yellow card. The ten minute suspension lowered India to 10-men and allowed Spain some leeway. Nevertheless, the Indian group defended diligently to see the match off. India will play England subsequent on Sunday.