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
But the Red Sticks' joy lasted for a minute as Agustin Mazzilli scored in the fourth minute to make it 1-1. (Getty Images)
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
Agustin Mazzinni equalised again, this time it took him 45 seconds to cancel out Spain's one-goal advantage. (Biswaranjan Rout) Photo: BISWARANJAN ROUT
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
After a goalless second quarter, Spain fought back to draw level through Vincenc Ruiz's 35th minute field goal. (PTI) Photo: PTI
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
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
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
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