HWL Final: Spain, Belgium record win ahead of quarter-finals
Bhubaneswar: In the final group stage match of Pool A, Spain bettered their opponents and World Number 1 Argentina as they registered a 2-1 victorty. Dominating majority of the first two quarters, Spain conceded a goal in the first half when skipper Matias Paredes found the target with a reverse flick in off the left post.
The goals from Spain came from Pau Quemada who found the target with a low penalty corner drag-flick in the 50th minute and Josep Romeu who netted a penalty stroke with less than two minutes remaining for the final hooter.
“It is the first time we have played against Argentina since the quarter-finals of the Rio Olympics, and it was a big fight so we are very happy to have taken three points today”, said Spain captain Miguel Delas after the match.
In the second match of the Day, Belgium outclasses Netherlands 3-0, to finish at the top of the pool table with nine points from three games.
Competition top scorer Loick Luypaert continued his excellent form netting two goals for Belgium while the third goal came from Tom Boon.