The Hague, Netherlands, Jun 4 UNI | 2 months ago

The late goal woes by opponents have stopped India earning points in the last two matches.


However, it has not deterred the determined Indian side to take on Spain in their third game of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 tomorrow in The Hague, Netherlands.

India will be clashing against the 10th ranked Spain tomorrow in its 3rd outing of the World Cup. While on one hand India have lost their last 2 matches in the final moments of the game.

Spain on the other hand drew its first match against England 1-1 but went on to lose its second match to Australia 3-0 allowing Australia to sit on the top of the points table in Pool A.

While Spain has more points than India, but India will still be having an edge in terms of confidence level.

In the last two matches played against higher ranked teams Belgium and England, the Indian team had played quality hockey and gave a tough challenge to its opponents.

Speaking on the match against Spain, Captain Sardar Singh said "No doubt Spain is a good team, but we are fully prepared for our third game. We have worked hard on our defence for the mistakes we committed in the last two games and will ensure that we keep our nerves and give a good finish in tomorrow's game. The boys are fully motivated and determined to win the remaining matches. PR Sreejesh has been the highlight in both the matches and we are looking on to him to hold the fort high in the upcoming matches too."

Speaking on the opponents Sardar Singh added, "We will keep a close watch on Spain's forward Eduard Tubau who is known for creating chances and scoring through chances which you would never have imagined that existed. With his 260 plus international caps he is the most seasoned campaigner in that team and we will not allow him to score against us".

Commenting on the match against Spain, chief coach Terry Walsh said, "In our training and video sessions held during last two days, we have thoroughly worked on our shortcomings and tried to motivate the boys. We have also reworked on our strategies for the future games and the focus will be only to win the remaining three games. I am sure that boys will finish well in the remaining games and impress everyone with their performance".

India will now take on Spain in their third game of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 which will be telecasted live on Ten Sports on June 5 at 2100hrs (IST).

(Posted on 05-06-2014)