Spain beat South Africa in Hockey World Cup opening match

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New Delhi, Mar 1 (ANI): Spain won their opening match of the Hockey World Cup defeating South Africa by 4-2 after a heavily contested first half.

Spain's captain Pol Amat acknowledged the need for further mprovement in his team's performance

"We had the control of the game at half time, so it became easy to score 2-3, in the latter half of the game. Then in the first half of the game we had enough chances and we improved in the second half. But we still need to improve in the whole game," said Amat.

South African coach Martin Daly, however, remained optimistic after giving tough competition to the opposition.

"It was very important to start off well at the tournament. So, yeah, we were obviously going into the half-time 2-2. It was a good position for us and in the end," said Daly.

"I think maybe Spain credit more opportunity to us and we did not manage the counter-attacks very well in the second half," he added.

South Africa ranked 13-stunned Spain ranked three with their hard-hitting performance in the first half of the game to go on a 2-2 level.

But later in the second session of the match, Spain made good use of the edges to wear down the defence, and won the game 4-2.

New Delhi is hosting the 12-team Hockey World Cup from February 28 to March 13. (ANI)

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