Friday, December 1, 2023

‘Unbelievable’: Chile’s Jose Maldonado hails first Hockey World Cup goal

ROURKELA — Jose Maldonado took a moment to compose himself. The Hockey Paper had just asked the Chilean, who is on the verge of 100 national caps, to describe the moment of Los Diablos’ first World Cup goal. 

It had been scored by his life-long friend and club team-mate Ignacio Contardo in their opening 3-1 defeat to New Zealand. A smile enveloped across the 28-year-old’s face before he paused and his eyes welled up.

“I’ve been playing with him for 25 years,” said Maldonado, whose sister Maria played in Chile women’s World Cup debut last summer.

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