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New Zealand bounces back to draw with Spain in Hockey World Cup
Sportslogon Team December 6th 2018


Bhubaneswar : Conceding two goals down Germany was bounced back in the last 10 minute to share points with Spain with 2-2 goals draw in their second matches of the Pool A league match in the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup at Kalinga Stadium here on Thursday.

The New Zealand striker Hugo Inglis almost through to opened the account for the team in the sixth minute but Spain goalkeeper Quico Cortes saved his team.

In the do are die match in order to qualify for the cross-overs after losing to Argentina in the opening match and a draw with France. Spain dominated the first two quarters by scoring a goal each in both quarters. The last quarter vwas equally dominated by New Zealand by nailing double goals and the match ended with 2-2 draw.

Albert Beltran opened the account for Spain in a one to one encounter with New Zealand goalkeeper Joyce Richard in the ninth minute. Thanks to Quemade Pau who was sent the ball way back from the middle of the field to Albert.

Spain looking at all possible opportunity to book a lead early, while a defensive lapses by New Zealanders in the D area on the 27 minute, from the right side Ricardo Santana pussed the ball to Alvaro Iglesias who was crowed with New Zealanders, the 25 year old Alvaro made no mistake to gave a 2-0 lead to Spain.

New Zealand players were go all out in the fourth quarter to score for the team, Hayden Phillips received a pass from Hugo Inglis on the left side and took his time to score vthe first goal for NZ in the 50th minute.

New Zealand won a PC in the 56th minute with the help of Kane Russell, the drag flicker Kane placed it neatly into the gotten right side of Spain goalkeeper Quico Cortes to close the match 2-2 draw. Josep Romeu of the Spain team bagged the man of the match award. .
This news was added and updated on : December 6th 2018
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