Hockey World Cup 2018: India thrash Olympic champions Argentina in warm-up

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first_imgIndia warmed up for the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 in the best way possible as they crushed reigning Olympic champions Argentina 5-0 in the first warm-up match at the Kalinga Stadium on Friday.While India had five different scorers for all the five goals, Argentina were unable to find the back of the net even once.Argentina’s coach said that his team is still recovering from jet lag and will be strong by the time the World Cup starts on November 28.”I think they still haven’t recovered from the long flight and we shouldn’t write them off,” Argentina coach [email protected] touched down in Bhubaneswar on 21st November as they became the first team to arrive in the city for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. Here’s a montage that captures the fanfare surrounding their arrival.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 21, 2018Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Dilpreet, Nilakanta Sharma and Hardik Singh were the scorers for the Indian team. While the first and third goals were penalty corner conversions, the rest were field goals.”I think we played well in patches. I’m happy we scored goals, the two PC goals and the field goals. But we broke the structure and Argentina took control which is not acceptable but the boys have understood,” India coach Harendra Singh said after the match.”For any tournament, it is important to start on a good note and I should give compliment to my boys. Practice matches give you confidence. We tried couple of things and I am happy, especially the way midfielders created the opportunities. We always look for striker to get us the goal but today midfielders created the goals.”advertisementAlso read – Kalinga Sena threatens to throw black ink on Shah Rukh Khan ahead of Hockey World Cup”If you see the match sheet, the players who have stepped out for the first time for the World Cup they have scored and it gives them a lot of confidence because they scored against the Olympic champions,” Harendra further said.India will face Spain next in their second and last warm-up match on Sunday.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –last_img

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