Hockey World Cup 2018: Quico Cortes helps Spain survive France scare

first_imgCaptain and goalkeeper Quico Cortes was the saving grace as he helped Spain eke out a 1-1 draw against France in a Pool A match of the Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar on Monday.Cortes came to the rescue with a superb penalty stroke save helping three-time medallist Spain survive a scare against France.It was France who stunned the Spaniards in the sixth minute when Timothee Clement scored from a field effort. But Spain came back strongly after the change of ends and restored parity in the 48th minute through Alvaro Iglesias’ field strike.The draw kept both the teams in the hunt for the knock-out round with one point apiece from two games.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEIt was a battle between world number 8 Spain 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 [email protected] made a stunning save in the Q4 to deny France a win over Spain. He however, felt his team fell short and expressed his disappointment on not being able to emerge victorious against the French.#ESPvFRA #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/omDHrzpOwNHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 3, 2018France had a golden opportunity to register their first major upset of the tournament but the Spain skipper Cortes came to his side’s rescue.In the last 10 minutes, France were awarded a penalty stroke 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.advertisementMoment of the Match! #ESPvFRA was an exciting game throughout but @QuicoCortes’ stunning save to deny @FF_Hockey’s Penalty Stroke is the moment that takes the cake for its impact on the result.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/SxopNe6x4lHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 3, 2018France 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 goalkeeper Arthur Thieffry.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 Argentina in their tournament opener, while France suffered a 1-2 defeat against New Zealand.Spain play New Zealand in their final pool match on December 6, while France will be up against Argentina.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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