Prime News, International and National Sport, Hockey, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), December 4:- Olympic champions Argentina lived up to their billing and beat New Zealand 3-0 to inch closer towards a direct quarterfinal spot at the Men’s Hockey World Cup on Monday.
Argentina were the better side on display as they created more chances and scored thrice through Agustin Mazzilli (23rd), Lucas Villa (41st) and Lucas Martinez (55th) to pocket full three points from the Pool A encounter at the Kalinga Stadium.
By virtue of two wins from as many games, Argentina is atop Pool A with six points and they have brightened their chances of a direct berth in the last eight round.
Spain draw against France
Cortes came to the rescue with a superb penalty stroke save helping three-time medallist Spain survive a scare against France.
It was France who stunned the Spaniards in the sixth minute when Timothee Clement scored from a field effort. But Spain came back strongly after the change of ends and restored parity in the 48th minute through Alvaro Iglesias’ field strike.
The draw kept both the teams in the hunt for the knock-out round with one point apiece from two games. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)