India beats Spain 2-1 in practice match

Skipper PR Sreejesh said since they had lost to Spain in Madrid before coming to Brazil, it can be considered a good omen ahead of the tournament.

India is scheduled to play one more practice game before it begins its Rio campaign against Ireland.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Akashdeep struck a field goal while Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty corner as the Indian men’s hockey team edged Spain 2-1 in a practice match ahead of the Olympic Games here today.

India is scheduled to play one more practice game before it begins its Games campaign against Ireland on Saturday.

Skipper PR Sreejesh said since they had lost to Spain in Madrid before coming to Brazil, it can be considered a good omen ahead of the tournament.

"The weather was very hot in Spain. We were coming from very good weather in Bengaluru and it was very hot and humid, almost 40 degrees in Madrid. So it was good to get a game in Rio against Spain and we played well,” the skipper said.

Meanwhile, Australia thrashed Germany 5-2 with Blake Govers scoring a brace and Jake Whetton, Eddie Ockenden and Jeremy Hayward sounding the board once each.