The 15th edition of the FIH Hockey World Cup has kicked off with the inaugural match between Argentina and South Africa. A total of four matches were played on the opening day of the tournament including the fourth one between the hosts India and Spain. The first day of the 2023 edition of the World Cup was filled with a number of massive goals. Be it Australia against France or England against Wales.
Interestingly, all four losing teams couldn’t even open their account of goals. The list started with South Africa in the first match till Spain in the last match of the day including France and Wales in the second and third matches respectively.
So, without further ado, here we’ll have a look at the entire action of four matches played on the first day of this prestigious hockey quadrennial.
Match 1: Argentina vs South Africa
Venue – Bhubaneshwar, India.
Goal-scorers – Spain’s Casella Maico (42nd minute, third quarter)
Green Cards Argentina 1 – 0 South Africa.
Yellow Cards – Argentina 1 – 0 South Africa.
Red Cards – Argentina 0 – 0 South Africa.
Scores at the time of the last whistle – 1-0 in favor of Argentina
Result – Argentina won by 1-0.
Match 2: Australia vs France
Venue – Bhubaneshwar, India
Goal Scorers – Three goals each by Craig Tom and Hayward Jeremy for Australia alongside one goal each by Ogilive Flynn and Wickham Tom.
Green Cards – Australia 0 – 1 France
Yellow Cards – Australia 0 – 0 France
Red Cards – Australia 0 – 0 France
Scores at the time of the last whistle – 8-0 in favor of Australia
Result – Australia won by 8-0.
Match 3: England vs Wales
Venue – Rourkela, India.
Goal Scorers – England’s Park Nicholas in the first minute, England’s Ansell Liam in the 27th minute on a penalty corner, and a field goal in the 37th minute. England’s Roper Phil in a field goal in the 41st minute of the match followed by his teammate Bandurak Nicholas in the 57th minute of the match.
Penalty Corner Goals – England 2 -0 Wales
Green Cards – England 1 – 2 Wales
Yellow Cards – England 2 – 2 Wales
Red Cards – England 0 – 0 Wales
Scores at the time of the last whistle – 5-0 in favor of England
Result – England won by 5 – 0.
Match 4: India vs Spain
Venue – Rourkela, India
Goal Scorers – India’s Amit Rohidas in the 12th minute on a penalty corner and India’s midfielder Akashdeep Singh in a field goal in the 26th minute of the match.
Green Cards – India 1 – 1 Spain
Yellow Cards – India 1 – 1 Spain
Red Cards – India 0 – 0 Spain
Scores at the time of the last whistle – 2-0 in favor of India
Result – India won by 2-0.