Hockey World Cup 2023: Argentina team started with a win, beat South Africa 1-0
The first match of the World Cup 2023 was played between Argentina and South Africa on 13 January in Odisha, India. In the first match, the Argentina team made a great start by registering a win. On the very first day at 7 pm, the Indian team also has to clash with the Spanish team.
The first match of World Cup 2023 was played between South Africa and Argentina team in which Argentina team won. Mako Casella was Man of the Match for his match-winning performance against South Africa. Earlier, in the 2018 World Cup, Argentina’s team came seventh and South Africa’s team came last. In the first quarter of this match, neither of the two teams was able to score a goal. Although the South African team tried but they did not get success.
Yellow card received in the first match
The first yellow card of the World Cup was given to Nicolás Keenan of the Argentine team in the 24th minute in the second quarter of the match. Nicholls had to sit out of the match for five minutes after getting the yellow card. For five minutes, the Argentine team had to play with one less player. In this match, Argentina’s team player Juan Catan got a green card, after which he had to go out of the field for two minutes. In the second quarter of the match, no team was able to score a goal.
Argentina got the lead in the third quarter
Teamwork from Toscani and Casella helped Argentina take a 1–0 lead. After the third quarter, Argentina’s team got a 1-0 lead in the match. At the same time, the South African team was seen struggling to score goals.
South Africa could not capitalize on the penalty corner
In the very first match of the World Cup, South Africa were awarded a penalty corner after a successful referral. In this match, the South African team could not take advantage of this opportunity and failed to score even after getting a penalty corner. At the same time, the Argentine team takes advantage of the lack of defense of South Africa and makes strong counter-attacks.
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