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Hockey WC: Gritty Spain hold France to 1-1 draw

ANI  |  Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] 

and on Monday showcased their valiant efforts on the turf, ending as a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the ongoing Men's here at the Stadium.

Timothee Clement's sixth-minute goal for was cancelled out by Spain's in the 48th minute of the match.

In the first quarter, Spain's Vincenc Ruiz made the first attack as he stole the ball on the left side, but a clash of sticks inside the penalty area dismissed their hope to take the lead. In the sixth minute, France, ranked world number 20, took an early lead with a goal by Clement.

In the 14th minute, Spain's won a penalty corner, which was thwarted by French Victor Charlet, however, the umpire awarded the Spanish side a second corner. But another clever deflection of Pau Quemada's drag flick by Charlet easily avoided the danger for before the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, won another penalty corner, third of the match, but Quemada's drag flick was blocked brilliantly by French In the 27th minute, Gaspard Baumgarten almost doubled France's lead as got to the baseline from the left and passed it to Baumgarten, who could not lift his shot over the Spanish At halftime, France maintained the upper hand against their higher-ranked opponents.

The French players held onto their slim lead with some persistent defending, and the third quarter ended with three failed penalty corners for

With every passing minute, France looked more assured until the 48th minute, when clinched the equalizer for Spain in the final quarter to level things up.

As the well-matched clash turned into an end-to-end stuff, France got a in the 51st minute. But Spanish and captain Quico Cortes, who has 269 international caps to his name, used all his experience and made the right guess to push the ball away with his left glove to end the match in all squares.

Spain will next take on New Zealand, while France will lock horns against in their final on December 6.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 20:55 IST