In Pool A's crucial tie between Spain and France, both teams remained winless in the tournament with a draw at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on Monday. After defeats versus Argentina and New Zealand respectively, Spain and France were eager to bounce back and bring their campaign on track. However, France (being 1-0 up) couldn't stamp their authority whereas Spain never managed full control. As a result, it ended at 1-1.
The initial lead went to France's grasp. Timothee Clement scored the first goal and enabled early honors for his side. Spain tried to use all the tricks for penalty corners and even hovered around the opposition post for long. But, they went into the half-time being 0-1 down.
After the end of the first half, the match statistics were as follows: Spain led in ball possession by some distance; 61-29 %. They were also ahead in shots (4-2) and circle penetration by a whisker (11-10). Nonetheless, only a goal could have kept them fully satisfied and they came all out in the latter half.
Spain created enough chances for themselves in the penultimate quarter. They were inching closer to the equalizer but just couldn't convert any. In the third quarter, it still remained 1-0 in France's favor.
The equation changed soon after the match commenced in the last quarter. It was Spain's Iglesias Alvaro whose finishing touch leveled scores.
The goalkeepers from both ends, Thieffry Archer and Cortes Quico, need to be credited for their saves. They were both good in their reflexes and movement.
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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