In a pool match of the FIH junior men’s hockey World Cup, Spain delivered a stellar performance, securing a commanding 4-1 victory over India on Tuesday. The Spanish team showcased superb wing play and executed a close-knit game, leaving India grappling with a formidable opponent.
Spain Leads Pool C with Six Points
Spain’s tactical superiority was evident as they took a lead just 51 seconds into the contest, with Cabre Verdiell Pol making a stunning deflection to score. The Spanish team’s searing pace and close defence troubled India throughout the match. With this victory, Spain leads Pool C with six points from two wins.
Spain’s captain, Rafi Andreas, displayed leadership with a powerful drag-flick from a penalty corner, extending Spain’s lead. Cabre Verdiell Pol contributed significantly, securing his second goal to maintain Spain’s dominance. The Spanish goalkeeper, Capellades Jan, played a crucial role with remarkable saves, thwarting several scoring attempts by the Indian forwards.
India, led by Uttam Singh, faced defensive challenges against Spain’s well-organized gameplay. Despite a few circle penetrations and an aggressive approach, India struggled to find the equalizer. Rohit provided a momentary respite by converting a penalty corner in the 33rd minute, but Spain quickly regained control.
Capellades Jan’s Heroics Deny India
Spain’s goalkeeper, Capellades Jan, stood out with bravery and anticipation, denying India on multiple occasions. His exceptional saves, especially during three penalty corners between the 55th and 57th minutes, thwarted India’s attempts at a comeback.
In the final minute, Spain earned a penalty stroke and capitalized on the opportunity, adding to India’s miseries. The victory solidifies Spain’s position in Pool C, while India faces the challenge of regaining momentum in their upcoming pool match against Canada on Saturday.
Stay tuned for further updates on India’s journey in the Junior Hockey World Cup and the unfolding drama in the tournament.