Hockey World Cup 2023: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also reached the ground to watch the match between India and Spain.
FIH Hockey Men's World Cup 2023: India has grandly started World Cup hockey. Team India won 2-0 in the match against Spain in Rourkela. In this way, India won its first match in Group D of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup 2023. The first goal for India was scored by local player Amit Rohidas. India played brilliantly in the second quarter as well and Hardik Singh scored the second goal for India, taking the team's score to 2-0.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also reached the ground to watch the match between India and Spain. He also participated in the national anthem at the start of the match. The match between the two teams was played at the Birsa Munda International Stadium in Rourkela. Throughout the match, the Indian team dominated and continued to control the match. They didn't give Spain many chances and the defense also played brilliantly.
200th goal for India
As Amit Rohidas scored the first goal through a penalty corner, the Indian team took their tally of goals to 200 in the history of the Hockey World Cup. At the same time, Hardik Singh had a hand in bringing its number from 200 to 201, who alone took the ball from a long distance and scored at the last moment.
The control is shown throughout the match
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, India started the second quarter in a good way. In the 11th minute of the second quarter, Hardik played brilliantly and found the ball in the net. In the last few moments of the second quarter, Spain had chances to score, but the Indian goalkeeper and defense did not let it happen. India got 3 penalty corners till halftime, while Spain got one penalty corner. The Indian team is in Pool D. Apart from India and Spain, England and Wales are also in this pool.