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Hockey World Cup 2018, Match 12: New Zealand vs Argentina Hockey Live Score, Commentary & Updates

ARGENTINA 3 - NEW ZEALAND 0
Updated: 03 December 2018 20:46 IST - Published: 03 December 2018 12:15 IST
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NEW ZEALAND NEEDED AN EARLY GOAL - THE BLACK STICKS TRIED EARLY ATTACKS IN BOTH HALVES BUT FAILED TO FIND THE MARK- ARGENTINA CONTROLLED PRETTY MUCH THE ENTIRE MATCH WITH 59% OF THE POSSESSION, 20 CIRCLE ENTRIES, AND 11 SHOTS ON GOAL. 

THE SOUTH AMERICANS PLAYED THE MATCH AT THEIR OWN PACE - MAZILLI SCORED FOR THE THIRD TIME IN THE COMPETITION, LUCAS VILA GOT ONE OFF A SUPERB STRIKE FROM THE EDGE OF THE CIRCLE, AND PEILLAT FAILED TO SCORE BUT ALLOWED MARTINEZ TO DO SO OFF A DEFT PC VARIATION, AND WAS SOLID IN DEFENCE.

VILA IS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH AND ARGENTINA HAVE CEMENTED THEIR PLACE IN THE KNOCKOUTS

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FULL-TIME: ARGENTINA 3 - NEW ZEALAND 0

23' AGUSTIN MAZZILLI

41' LUCAS VILA

55' LUCAS MARTINEZ
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59' Time ticking away for the Black Sticks - as they push forward one last time - cannot do much as Argentina get the ball back - and earn 3 vital points
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57' NZ unable to get their bearings right - scamper around the pitch as Argentina control the proceedings with aplomb
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ARGENTINA 3 - NEW ZEALAND 0
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55' ARGENTINA SCORE OFF A PC - NOT PEILLAT THOUGH - ALL EYES ON THE MASTER DRAG FLICKER WHO FLIPS IT FOR IBARRA WHO FINDS MARTINEZ UNMARKED - SUPERB VARIATION
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53' Argentina pass the ball around - play a long ball in - sloppy defending by NZ as they concede a PC
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51' NZ look for a PC in the Argentine circle - cannot find a foot
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50' Rossi misses - not by much though - NZ look to advance down the center and do not find space
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49' Aidan Sarikaya this time tries to fire a shot in - denied at the goalmouth
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48' TARRANT DOES WELL TO DART FORWARD AND ANGLE A BALL IN - HE LOBS IT TOO FAR AHEAD OF THE BLACK SHIRTS AROUND
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THE BLACK STICKS MAKE A MESS OF THE PC - JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH 
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47' NZ HAVE A PC  - CAN RUSSEL SCORE???
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46' PEILLAT HASN'T SCORED - BUT HE HAS BEEN CALM AND SOLID IN DEFENCE - DENY THE NZ STRIKERS A SHOT ON GOAL
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HAVE ARGENTINA DONE ENOUGH TO SECURE THREE POINTS AND CEMENT A PLACE IN THE KNOCKOUTS - AND DO NZ HAVE THE QUALITY TO COME BACK FROM A TWO-GOAL DEFICIT???
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END OF Q3: ARGENTINA 2 - NEW ZEALAND 0

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44' HOW ON EARTH DID NZ NOT SCORE??? JARED PANCHIA CANNOT GET THE FAINTEST OF TOUCHES IN AFTER VIVALDI IS DOWN
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42' Argentina into the attack yet again - Ortiz pulled up for an obstruction though
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ARGENTINA 2 - NEW ZEALAND 0
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LUCAS VILA FIRES IT IN FROM THE EDGE OF THE CIRCLE AFTER STEALING THE BALL OFF THE STICK OF AN NZ DEFENDER- HAS HE SEALED THE DEAL FOR ARGENTINA????
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40' VILA SCORES - OR DOES HE????
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39' NZ pressing harder now - more black shirts in the Argenine half - dart forward to no avail
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THE MASTER TAKES THE FLICK BUT RICHARD JOYCE SAVES FOR THE THIRD TIME TODAY
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37' ARGENTINA HAVE A PC - PEILLAT IS ON THE PITCH
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35' NZ still not attacking with purpose - keeping the gaps well plugged in their own half
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PEILLAT FLICKS - JOYCE SAVES AFTER BENDING LOW DOWN 
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34' ARGENTINA HAVE A PC
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33' ARGENTINA HAVE A CHANCE TO DOUBLE THE LEAD - MAZILLI CANNOT GET A TOUCH OFF A PASS FROM PAREDAS
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31' YET AGAIN- NZ LAUNCH AN EARLY ATTACK - PEILLAT AND IBARRA TO THE RESCUE
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ARGENTINA HAVE HAD 56% OF BALL POSSESSION - "WE NEED MORE POSSESSION" SAYS GERMAN OROZCO. "WE NEED MORE CONVICTION" SAYS DARREN SMITH
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NEW ZEALAND FAILED TO FIND AN EARLY GOAL AFTER BEGINNING THE MATCH AT A BLISTERING PACE - THEY FAILED, AND THE SOUTH AMERICANS TOOK CONTROL AFTER SLOWING THINGS DOWN CONSIDERABLY - AGUSTIN MAZZILLI SCORED FOR THE OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS FOR THE THIRD TIME IN TWO MATCHES - THE BLACK STICKS UNABLE TO GET ENOUGH OF THE BALL TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE GAME
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HALF-TIME: ARGENTINA 1 - NEW ZEALAND 0
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29' Ibarra plays a long aerial ball to play the clock down for half-time
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28' The Black Sticks knock the ball around in their own half - and surrender possession to Argentina - Martinez gets a green card
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26' NZ get a good long angular ball into the Argentine circle - no damage done though
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24' Argentina slow the match down to a snail's pace in their own circle - before quickly venturing ahead after the ball is played in deep 
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ARGENTINA 1 - NEW ZEALAND 0
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23' WHO SCORES THE OPENER???? MAZILLI - YET AGAIN - GETS HIS THIRD OF THE WORLD CUP - FIRES THE BALL INTO THE TOP CORNER OF THE NET - MONSTER STRIKE!!
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21' Good aerial ball in by the Argentinians - Jared Panchia steals the ball way and to safety
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20' Argentina looking to build down the center - NZ solid as ever at the back 
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KANE RUSSEL FLICKS - VIVALDI SAVES - JENNESS CANNOT MAKE THE MOST OF A DEFLECTION
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18' NZ HAVE A PC AFTER A SWIFT MOVE DOWN THE RIGHT!!
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16' JOYCE TO THE RESCUE - PEREDAS FINDS VILA - BOTH VETERANS COMBINE WELL BUT CANNOT FIND THE OPENING GOAL
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ARGENTINA VERY MUCH IN CONTROL AFTER THE BLACK STICKS FAIL TO FIND AN EARLY GOAL - THE OLYMPIC CHAMPS PLAYING THE MATCH AT A PACE OF THEIR CHOOSING- THREE SHOTS ON GOAL FOR BOTH SIDES
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END OF Q1: ARGENTINA 0 - NEW ZEALAND 0
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14' Long crash ball played into the NZ circle - to no avail though - JENNESS TAKES A SWING WHICH IS WIDE OFF TARGET!!!
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13' NZ have a chance to start a quick counter - the black shirts cannot chase the ball in time
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11' The Black Sticks unable to get moving as Argentina control the tempo at the center of the pitch