Hockey World Cup 2018: France holds Spain, Argentina cruises past NZ

World No. 20 France surprised European heavyweight Spain in a 1-1 draw, while Argentina put a clinical performance to beat New Zealand 3-0 in the Pool A matches of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

France quelled all the pre-match expectations against it by taking the lead in the 6th minute through Timothee Clement, who scored from a Victor Charlet pass. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
However, the World No. 8 equalised through Alvaro Iglesias in the 48th minute. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
France pushed for a winner and won a penalty stroke in the 51st minute. Quico Cortez, Spain's experienced goalkeeper of 296 caps, made a spectacular save to keep out the shot and save a point for Spain. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
In the second match of the day, New Zealand started brightly but Argentina controlled the game and took the lead through Agustin Mazzilli in the 23rd minute who scored with a sublime finish into the top corner. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Lucas Vila (#12) doubled the lead for the World No. 2 in the 41st minute with another superb finish from the edge of the circle. (BISWARANJAN ROUT) Photo: BISWARANJAN ROUT
Lucas Martinez added further gloss to the scoreline by scoring from a penalty corner in the 55th minute to win the match with a 3-0 margin. With the win, Argentina has a foot in the quarterfinal with the other teams fighting for the cross-over spots. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images