Spain keeps their semifinal hopes alive as they beat India 5-2

Spain Spain keeps their semifinal hopes alive as they beat India 5 2

The scoreline stays 5-2 in favour of Spain. The world No. 3 team keeps their World Cup semifinal hopes alive with their second win from three matches in group B.

India crash to their second defeat in three matches. A spot in the last four looks impossible now.

Pau Quemada scored his second goal from a penalty corner as Spain humiliated India 5-2 on Thursday night.

Three goals in three minutes see Spain scoring twice and India once. Pau Quemada scored in the 40th minute from a penalty corner (3-1) and Ramon Alegre took advantage of a sloppy defence to make it 4-1 in the 42nd minute. Gurwinder Chandi reduced the margin, scoring off a Tushar Khandekar cross to make it (2-4) in the 43rd minute. The second half is turning out to be a heart-stopping affair.

Sandeep Singh found the target for India with a powerful flick to the left of the goalie.

Spanish skipper Pol Amat scored in the 35th minute as Spain went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. Amat was set up by an angular pass from Alex Fabregas that travelled across the face of the of the Indian goal absolutely unchallenged. Albert Sala drew first blood for Spain in the 19th minute. He ran across the face of the Indian defence and slotted home with an angular drive that beat goalkeeper Sreejesh at the first post. It was one of the best goals of the championship so far.

After England dismissed Pakistan 5-2 (halftime 2-0) for their third-win-on-the trot, India will have to play out of their skins against Spain tonight to keep their hopes alive of a World Cup semifinal berth from group B.

With a win and a loss, India must beat Spain, who also have an identical win-loss ratio.

In spite of their world No. 3 ranking, Spain have looked a scrappy side. World No. 12 India will be missing Shivender Singh once again. The sprightly striker is serving a 2-match suspension due to unfair play.

India and Spain are level 2-2 in head-to-head matches in World Cup. India had beaten Spain 3-0 in their last World Cup meeting in 2002. The last Spanish World Cup win against India came 24 years ago in 1986. Spain won 2-1.

In group B, Australia look good to book a semifinal spot after their 12-0 win against South Africa. The goal-difference will surely be a factor.

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