Hockey World Cup: France stun Argentina 5-3; Spain, New Zealand play 2-2 draw
Bhubaneswar: In a high voltage match, France beat Olympic Champions Argentina 5-3 in a Pool-A match of the Men’s Hockey World Cup at Kalinga stadium here in Odisha on Thursday evening.
However, Argentina are through to the quarterfinals as they top the table with six points after defeating Spain 4-3 in the first match and New Zealand 3-0 in their 2nd match.
Spain is eliminated as they stand in the fourth position in Pool-A.
Earlier, New Zealand fought back from two goals down to hold Spain to a 2-2 draw in another Pool-A match. World No. 8 Spain scored two field goals in the opening two quarters through Albert Beltran and Alvaro Iglesias to go into the halfway break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
But the Black Sticks made a stupendous comeback in the final 10 minutes of the game and scored through Hayden Phillips and Kane Russell to share the spoils.
In Pool-B matches tomorrow, Australia will face China at 5 PM and Ireland meet England at 7 PM.