Hockey World Cup 2018: New Zealand defeat France 2-1

New Zealand vs France Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 29, 2018, 09.35 PM (IST)

New Zealand defeated France 2-1 in a tight Pool A clash to open their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory at the Kalinga Stadium on Thursday.

Kane Russell scored for New Zealand in the 17th minute to give his team a 1-0 lead which was fursther extended by Stephen Jenness. He powered the ball home to extend the lead 2-0 in the fourth and final quarter with a controlled long pass.

Jenness was given player of the match for his crucial contribution to New Zealand's victory.

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It seemed France wouldn't be able to open its account but in the concluding minutes, France earned a penalty corner and converted it but that was not enough, as the final score was 2-1.\

As it happened | New Zealand vs France

In the other match of Pool A, Olympic champions Argentina were made to dig deep to eke out a 4-3 win over Spain.

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France, making an appearance in the Men's Hockey World Cup after 28 years, will next meet Spain on December 6.

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Franceย will next meet Spain on December 3 and on the same day, New Zealand will clash with Argentina.