Spain delighted to get one over on Argentina at HWL final

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Spanish captain Miki Delas was delighted to see his side beat Argentina 2-1 to finish second in their group at the HWL Final in Bhubaneswar, setting up a quarter-final date with Australia.

“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 Delas after the match.

On his side being 1-0 down at half time against the run of play, Delas said: “We knew we were doing things well so we focussed on that. We showed good patience to wait for our chances to score and I’m proud of that.”

Spain were the dominant force for the majority of the first two quarters in their meeting with Argentina, having a remarkable 73 percent possession in their opponents' half.

However, it was the Red Sticks who found themselves trailing 1-0 at half time thanks to a superb strike from Leones captain Matias Paredes, who produced the coolest of finishes with his back to goal to find the target with a reverse flick in off the left post.

The Spaniards continued to show their fight in the third quarter but Argentina kept goalscoring opportunities to a minimum before Spain turned the match on its head in the fourth quarter. Experienced attacker Pau Quemada found the target with a low penalty corner drag-flick in the 50th minute before Josep Romeu netted a penalty stroke with less than two minutes remaining after a goal-bound shot hit the body of an Argentine defender.

Belgium completed their third win from three outings when they beat the Netherlands 3-0. It means the Belgians will play hosts India in their quarter-final while the Dutch play Germany. England will play Argentina.