Hockey World Cup: Spain's Seasoned Strikers Present Massive Challenge for India

Without a win in the World Cup hockey so far, India are up against the formidable Spain in their next match on Thursday.

updated: June 04, 2014 17:21 IST
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Bogged down by two successive losses, an under-pressure Indian hockey team will be confronted by Spain's livewire strikers when the two teams clash in their preliminary league encounter of the World Cup at the Greenfields Stadium on Thursday.

After conceding match-winners to Belgium and England in the closing stages of successive matches, the Indian defence will need to raise its game several notches against Spain, who won a penalty shootout against India for the fifth position when they last met in the 2013 World League Semifinals.

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