Hockey WC: India takes on Pak on Feb 28

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Hockey WC: India takes on Pak on Feb 28
New Delhi, Feb 28: India registered their win against Pakistan in the Hockey World Cup here on Sunday at National Stadium New Delhi.

This is the first win for India over Pakistan in its last four encounters.

Sandeep Singh scores 2 goals , Shivendra and Prabjoth Score 1 each for India.

Abbas score goal for Pakistan


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Emotions will run high when India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan on the opening day of the Hockey World Cup in New Delhi on Sunday, Feb 28.

Security has been tightened for the expected capacity crowd of 16,000 spectators.

According to reports, there will be 5,000 policemen, 100 commandos and 1,000 paramilitary forces around the stadium.

Speaking to reporters, India's chief coach Jose Brasa said, "It would be difficult to keep our players calm and quiet, but we have to keep the emotional part away against Pakistan.

He further said, "In Champions Challenge tournament at Salta we could not control our emotions. The players were too much excited."

"My advice to the boys would be to take the match against Pakistan as just another normal match," Brasa said.

Pakistani hockey captain Zeeshan Ashraf said, "The first match against India is very crucial. A win against India will give us psychological advantage going into the tournament."

India will play all their league matches at 8.35 pm on Sunday, Feb 28.

They will come up against Australia on Mar 2, Spain Mar 4, England Mar 6 and South Africa Mar 8.

The two semi-final matches are scheduled for Mar 11 and the final is on Mar 13.

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