Hockey World Cup 2018: Argentina beats Spain in a thriller, NZ downs France

A Gonzalo Peillat goal settled the seven-goal thriller of Argentina vs Spain, while New Zealand toiled hard against minnows France to win 2-1 on Day 2 of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar.

Spain was off to a flying start when star forward Enrique Gonzalez capitalised on a defensive mistake by Argentina to open the scoring in the third minute. (FIH Twitter) Photo: FIH Twitter
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But the Red Sticks' joy lasted for a minute as Agustin Mazzilli scored in the fourth minute to make it 1-1. (Getty Images)
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After a couple of near misses, Spain went into a 2-1 lead in the 14th minute after Josep Romeu scored from a penalty corner. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
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Agustin Mazzinni equalised again, this time it took him 45 seconds to cancel out Spain's one-goal advantage. (Biswaranjan Rout) Photo: BISWARANJAN ROUT
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2014 World Cup top-scorer Gonzalo Peillat then scored with a brilliant dragflick to put his side 3-2 up to end a breath-taking first quarter. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
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After a goalless second quarter, Spain fought back to draw level through Vincenc Ruiz's 35th minute field goal. (PTI) Photo: PTI
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Gonzalo Peillat was once again the difference between the two sides, as the 26-year old scored in the 49th minute to give Argentina a 4-3 win. (Biswaranjan Rout) Photo: BISWARANJAN ROUT
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In the second match of the day, New Zealand started slowly against World No. 20 France and took the lead through Kane Russell's strike in the 16th minute. (PTI) Photo: PTI
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France went close on several occasions, but Stephen Jenness' 58th minute goal made it 2-0 for the Black Sticks and settled the game. (Biswaranjan Rout) Photo: Biswaranjan Rout
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France, making its first World Cup appearance after 28 years, got a consolation in the 59th minute through captain Victor Charlet's (Right) penalty-corner strike to end the match 2-1. (Biswaranjan Rout) Photo: BISWARANJAN ROUT
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