New Zealand and Argentina locked horns with each other in Match 12 of the ongoing Hockey World Cup 2018 at Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium. In an important Pool A encounter, Argentina emerged on top with a final scoreline of 3-0.
The first quarter had moments for both the sides. New Zealand held Argentina nicely despite chasing the ball predominantly. Argentina, on the other hand, was competitive but both camps went to the second quarter, halftime, with scores at 0-0.
The first goal of the encounter went to Argentina. In-form striker, Agustin Mazzilli's reverse-stick shot lit up the atmosphere and gave the much-needed lead. The contest revived with the Kiwis looking hungry for an equalizer. However, for a brief period, the game had a see-saw battle.
New Zealand's chances were dented further with Argentina's Lucas Vila's goal. It was all over for them with Argentina's Lucas Martinez and his alertness near their post; making it 0-3. That proved to be the final nail in the coffin and New Zealand lost some momentum after an impressive start, versus France, in their tournament opener.
By virtue of this result, Argentina also becomes the first side in the current edition to add two victories (on the trot) in their campaign and consolidate their quarterfinals chances.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega