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Hockey fever sweeps the Costa

The ball crosses the line in the match between Spain and France.
The ball crosses the line in the match between Spain and France. / AFP
  • Malaga and Benalmádena have been treated to friendlies featuring Spain, France and Ireland's national sides

The men's national sides of Ireland, France and Spain have this week come together to compete in a triangular series of friendly matches on the Costa del Sol.

Spain took on France in the opening game in Benalmádena on Sunday which ended in an entertaining 4-4 draw. The side, managed by Fred Soyez, then managed to thrash the French 6-0 in a rematch held on Wednesday.

This came a day after the 'home' team put Ireland to the sword, by two goals to one, in their tie in Malaga.

This tournament has been followed closely, with enthusiastic crowds packing out both Benalmádena's Retamar pitch and Malaga's Carranque sports centre.

The teams took time out to great the spectators, giving autographs to young fans. Open training sessions were also held and the teams organised visits to schools during the week.

Organised by the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation and On Sports Consulting, the series concludes today when Spain and Ireland play out the final game at Benalmádena's Retamar pitch at 1pm.

Spectators are welcome and entrance is free.