The second round matches in Hockey World Cup Pool C have begun and in the first match, Canada held their fort to draw 1-1 against a much inspiring South Africa at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
All the attraction was for second match, where the home team would play in their crucial match against Belgium. But the hockey-loving crowd of Bhubaneswar didn’t sit at home at came out to watch the first match. Canada got the majority of support having few Indian-origin players in their ranks.
The match was a do or die battle for both the teams as both of them needed in order to stay in contention for the next round. The task of South Africa was tougher as they were drubbed by five goals against India. Canada were expected to show the same fighting spirit which they did in their earlier match against Belgium.
In the end, both the team shared spoils. As it stands, chances for them going to the next round looks increasingly bleak. They will play with pride in their next match.
#5 Despite initial domination, South Africa fail to take their chances
From the very first minute, it was South Africa who showed more urgency on the field. Of course, they had to win the game in order to stay in the competition. They were purposeful and were looking aggressive from the first minute.
South Africa were making the use of their wings but mainly, attacks were coming in from Daayan Cassiem and Nicholas Spooner. Moreover, they were bossing the possession and giving Canada no room for attack.
South Africa got their first real chance in the 11 minute when Spooner crosses from the left wing and Nqobile Ntuli was in a favourable position to poke the ball home. However, he slipped and the shot went wide. A minute later, Cassiem missed another chance to put his team ahead. They have created eight circle penetrations in the first quarter.
The Mark Hopkins coached side started with the same aggression in the second quarter too. But this time Canada was more cautious in their defence and didn’t allow South Africa to get a space. But there missed number of chances in the first two quarters should’ve score not once but twice.