The inaugural match of the hockey World Cup between Spain and South Africa in New Delhi on Sunday was not only action packed but also eventful with the video referral being used for first time in the history of the prestigious quadrennial event.
The referral system was introduced for the first time in a World Cup here after its debut in a major competition in the Champions Trophy in Australia last year and South Africa used it for the first time in a World Cup match on Sunday.
In the 44th minute of the match, Malaysian referee Amarjit Singh did not give South Africa a penalty corner.
South Africa appealed against the decision and video umpire Jamson Hamish of England upheld the appeal though the Proteas could not convert the penalty corner into goal.
A minute later, South Africa asked for a video referral against the decision of Dutch referee Van Eert Roel to award Spain's third goal apparently on the ground that the ball had risen high in the air before Rodrigo Garza slammed it home.
The video umpire, however, turned down the appeal and the goal stood in favour of Spain.
Any player of a team can appeal for video referral against a decision of the referee regarding a goal, penalty corner and penalty stroke.