Hockey World Cup 2018: Spain vs New Zealand - 5 Talking Points
#4 Quico Cortes stars for Spain
Though surprised by the initial onslaught, New Zealand did not lose hope. They tried every trick up their sleeve to fight back, and create chances where the Spanish team would be forced to commit an error, giving the Black Sticks a crucial advantage that was necessary to make a comeback.
However, this could not be so, owing to the brilliance of the goalkeeper cum captain, Quico Cortes, who single handedly thwarted every attack from New Zealand for three whole quarters. One of the best goalkeepers to deal with, Quico Cortes had become a literal nightmare for the Kiwi team, reminding them of the 2014 World Cup showdown.