In what turned out to be the biggest upset of the ongoing men's hockey World Cup, minnows France on Thursday outclassed Olympic champions Argentina 5-3 in their final must-win pool A fixture to keep their quarter-final dreams alive.
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.
For the French side, Hugo Genestet (18th minute), skipper Victor Charlet (23rd), Aristide Coisne (26th), Gasper Baumgarten (30th) and Francios Goyet (54th) were the goal scorers while Lucas Martinez (28th) and two penalty corner strikes from Gonzalo Peillat (44th, 48th) could not revive Argentina's fortunes.
Earlier, New Zealand bounced back from a deficit of two goals to hold Spain to a 2-2 draw to virtually end the Spaniards' chances of qualifying for the knock-outs.
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