Hockey World Cup: Argentina scores hard-fought wins; so does New Zealand

Written by November 30, 2018 12:45

New Delhi: Olympics champions Argentina clinched a thrilling 4-3 victory over Spain their opening match of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

New Zealand pipped France 2-1 in their opening game of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
New Zealand pipped France 2-1 in their opening game of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

Agustin Mazzilli and Gonzalo Peillat scored a brace each but Olympic champions Argentina were made to dig deep to eke out a 4-3 win over Spain in their Pool A match of the hockey World Cup at Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 29.


Argentina ekes out a 4-3 win over Spain, while New Zealand scrapped past France 2-1 in their opening matches of hockey World Cup.

Spain took a 2-1 lead after Josep Romeu found the back of the net in the 14th minute, however, within 45 seconds of conceding the second goal, Argentina replied back as Mazzilli struck again, levelling the contest at 2-2.

However, Vincenc Ruiz brought Spain back into the contest after a field goal in the 35th minute as the scorecard was once again tied at 3-3.

In the 49th minute, Peillat scored again for Argentina after placing a shot between two defenders which the Spanish goalkeeper Fred Soyez failed to save.

 Kane Russell and Stephen Jenness guided New Zealand to a win over France

New Zealand beat France 2-1 in the Hockey World Cup 2018/credits: Hockey India
New Zealand beat France 2-1 in the Hockey World Cup 2018/credits: Hockey India

After a goalless first quarter, Kane Russell scored for New Zealand in the 17th minute and as France failed to convert opportunities in the later part of the second quarter, the Black Sticks enjoyed a 1-0 lead at half-time.

At that time it seemed France wouldn’t be able to open their account but Victor Charlet converted a penalty corner in the 59th minute to make the score 2-1.

Argentina will play New Zealand in their next pool match on December 3, while Spain will be up against France.