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Skipper Cortes hands Spain 1-1 draw against France, both teams still in fray

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

and Cortes led from the front with a superb save to help three-time medallist eke out a hard-fought 1-1 draw against lowly in their second Pool A match at the ongoing men's here on Monday.

The draw kept both the teams in the hunt for the knock-out round with one point apiece from two games.

It was a battle between world number 8 and the lowest ranked team of the competition France, who are ranked 20th, but it turned out to be a keenly-contested encounter as the Frenchmen gave their opponents a run for their money.

It was who stunned the Spaniards in the sixth minute when scored from a field effort.

But came back strongly after the change of ends and restored parity in the 48th minute through Alvaro Iglesias' field strike.

had a golden opportunity to register their first major upset of the tournament but the Spain Cortes came to his side's rescue.

In the last 10 minutes, France were awarded a because of obstruction in front of the goal by a Spain defender after they went for video referral but Cortes made a brilliant save flying to his right to keep Hugo Genestet's try at bay.

France could not have asked for a better chance to cause the first upset and pocket full three points from the game but was denied by Cortes' brilliance in front of the goal.

The Spaniards had better goal scoring chances but was denied by a stout France defence led by

Spain got as many as seven penalty corners in the game but failed to breach Thieffry and his defence even once.

Spain had lost 3-4 to Olympic champions in their tournament opener, while France suffered a 1-2 defeat against

Spain play in their final pool match on December 6, while France will be up against

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:10 IST
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