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NZ advance at World Cup after Spain stalemate
December 07, 2018
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Bhubaneswar: New Zealand fought back from two goals down to hold Spain to a 2-2 draw in their penultimate Pool A match and qualify for the knock-out stages of the men’s hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

World no. 8 Spain scored two field goals in the opening two quarters through Albert Beltran (9th minute) and Alvaro Iglesias (27th) 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 (50th) and Kane Russell (56th) to share the spoils and secure their place in the cross-over round of the tournament.

In Thursday’s second match, France defeated mighty Argentina 5-3. With this win, the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup knocked out World number 8 Spain out 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.

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