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 here 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.
FT. @BlackSticks pull up a remarkable comeback to hold @rfe_hockey to a 2-2 draw after trailing by two goals in the first half of their last pool-stage encounter of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. #IndiaKaGame#HWC2018#DilHockey#ESPvNZLpic.twitter.com/t8GuIpVlz6— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018
Irrespective of the outcome of the last pool match, Argentina will top Pool A while New Zealand are expected to finish second.
The @BlackSticks level things up with @rfe_hockey in the final quarter after trailing by two goals in this thrilling Pool A encounter of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018. Here are some moments captured from the match.https://t.co/5dnNbi14G9#IndiaKaGame#DilHockey#HWC2018#ESPvNZLpic.twitter.com/SkuZUh3BRW— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018