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  • Men’s Hockey World Cup: Spain, New Zealand play 2-2 draw; France beat Argentina 5-3 in another Pool-A match

    Published on December 6, 2018

    In the Men’s Hockey World Cup at Bhubaneswar, France beat Olympic Champions Argentina by five goals to three in a Pool-A match.

    Inspite of losing, Argentina are through to the quarterfinals as they top the table with six points from two wins followed by France and New Zealand four points each and Spain two. Spain is eliminated as they stand in the fourth position.

    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.

    As per the format of the tournament, the top four teams from four pools will directly qualify for the quarterfinals while the second and third placed sides will play cross-over matches against teams of other pools for the remaining four last eight berths.

    In Pool-B matches tomorrow, Australia will lock horns with China at 5 p.m. and Ireland face England at 7 p.m.