Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 : It was not a day for France, despite their best effort the match ended in 1-1 draw with Spain in the Pool A league round match of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup at Kalinga Stadium on Monday.
No one imaged the World no 20 France had been gone all out to took lead in the 6th minute through Timothee Clement against World ranked 8 European powerhouse Spain.
After some good work done by Etienne Tynevez and captain Victor Charlet the rest fine work done by Timothee to gave the lead in the first quarter.
Spain had got equal opportunity as they awarded with back to back PC in the 13th minute, also another PC in the 17th minute, but the France goalkeeper Arthur Thieffry destroyed all the attempt to provide the Spain to score.
The first half ended with a score of 1-0 in favour of France.
The third quarter ended with three failed penalty corners for Spain. The France defenders were defuncted the waves of attack came from Spanish.
Spain equaliser came in the 48th minute through a fine deflection by Alvaro Iglesias in the last quarter .
Spain player Ricardo Sanchez pushed France striker inside the D area, which resulted in penalty stroke.
The Spanish goalkeeper captain Quico Cortes with 269 international caps to his name, used all his experience and pushed the ball away with his left glove to deny the France striker Hugo Genestet to script the lead in penalty stroke in the 51st minute.
With the brilliant save Cortes adjudged as the player of the match.(UNI)