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France upset Argentina; knock Spain out of hockey World Cup

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

In what turned out to be the biggest upset of the ongoing men's hockey World Cup, minnows on Thursday outclassed Olympic champions 5-3 in their final must-win pool A fixture to keep their quarter-final dreams alive.

The result meant were knocked out of after finishing last in the pool. played out a 2-2 draw with in the day at the here.

Despite the loss, World No.2 secured direct qualification for the quarters while and will now take part in the cross over matches.

As per the format of the tournament, the top four teams -- one from each of the four pools -- will directly qualify for the quarters while the second and third placed teams will play cross over matches against the teams of other groups to grab the remaining eight spots in the quarters.

ended their pool stage on the second spot with four points behind toppers (6 points). An inferior goal difference put (4 points) at the third spot.

For the French side, (18th minute), (23rd), Aristide Coisne (26th), Gasper Baumgarten (30th) and Francios Goyet (54th) were the goal scorers while (28th) and two penalty corner strikes from (44th, 48th) could not revive Argentina's fortunes.

Earlier, New Zealand bounced back from a deficit of two goals to hold to a 2-2 draw to virtually end the Spaniards' chances of qualifying for the knock-outs.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 22:16 IST