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Hockey World Cup 2018, Match 17: Spain v New Zealand, Hockey Live Score, Commentary & Updates

SPAIN 2 - NEW ZEALAND 2
Updated: 06 December 2018 18:32 IST - Published: 06 December 2018 13:21 IST
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That's it from us - this is Subhashish - join us at 1900 IST when Argentina meet France, Stay with Sportskeeda for all the updates.
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WHAT DO THE STATS SAY?? 18 CIRCLE PENETRATIONS FOR NZ - 16 FOR SPAIN - NINE SHOTS ON GOAL FOR NZ - EIGHT FOR SPAIN. ONE PC EACH WITH KANE RUSSELL CONVERTING FOR THE BLACK STICKS 

FRANCE NEED A WIN OR A HIGH-SCORING DRAW AGAINST ARGENTINA TO MAKE IT TO THE CROSSOVERS FAILING WHICH ARGENTINA WILL TOP THE POOL AND MAKE IT TO THE QUARTERS, NZ WILL END SECOND AND MAKE IT TO THE CROSSOVERS WHILE SPAIN WILL FINISH THIRD AND DO THE SAME
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SOME GREAT WORK IN DEFENCE BY JOSEP ROMEU - GREAT WORK UP FRONT AND IN DEFENCE FROM ENRIQUE GONZALES WHILE XAVI DISPLAYED HIS SPECTACULAR STICK SKILLS !
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YET ANOTHER SUPER THRILLER AT THE ODISHA WORLD CUP - SPAIN LED 2-0 AT HALF-TIME WITH GOALS FROM BELTRAN EARLY IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND IGLESIAS BEFORE HALF-TIME. 

NZ LOOKED CLUELESS FOR A WHILE BUT CAME BACK STRONGLY  - HAYDEN PHILIPS SCORED IN THE 50TH MINUTE - KANE RUSSELL FOUND THE MARK OFF A PC IN THE 56TH!!!
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FULL-TIME: SPAIN 2 - NEW ZEALAND  2
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58' NZ SUDDENLY LOOKING DANGEOUS - SPAIN ATTEMPT TO MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE NZ CIRCLE - XAVI DISPOSSESSED
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57' Spain looking to come away - stunned a bit by the two quick goals - JENNESS MISSES THE TARGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SPAIN 2 - NEW ZEALAND  2
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KANE RUSSELL FIRES IT IN LOW AND TO THE RIGHT!!
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56' JARED PANCHIA GETS HIS WAY INTO THE CIRCLE - ROMEU INTERCEPTS YET AGAIN - NZ HAVE A PC!!!
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55' SARIKAYA'S CROSS SIZZLES HARMLESSLY ACROSS THE FACE OF GOAL
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54' QUEMADA CANNOT KEEP THE BALL IN PLAY NEAR THE BACKLINE!!
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53 JOSEP ROMEU DEFENDING REALLY WELL FOR SPAIN - TWO GREAT TACKLES 
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52' SPAIN CANNOT RELAX - BELTRAN MISSES THE POST BY A WHISKER!!!!
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51' NZ TAKE THEIR KEEPER OFF
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SPAIN 2 - NEW ZEALAND  1
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50' HAYDEN PHILIPS SCORES - NZ ARE BACK IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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50' STEPHEN JENNESS MAKES A MESS OF A SHOT - TAKES A SWING AND THE BALL FLIES OVER THE POST
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48' SCINTILLATING RUN BY XAVI AS HE RUNS PAST THE NZ DEFENCE ONE HANDED - TARRANT FINALLY INTERCEPTS
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47' The Black Sticks press hard - as they simply have to - Spain hold firm 
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FIFTEEN MINUTES LEFT TO PLAY AS THE FATE OF FOUR TEAMS IN POOL A HANGS IN THE BALANCE 
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END OF Q3: SPAIN 2 - NEW ZEALAND  0
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44' GONZALEZ NOW - SPAIN HAVE THE ASCENDANY - AND MORE OF THE BALL TOO!!
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43' NZ seem to be running out of ideas - are they also running out time???? XAVI DOWN THE LEFT - CHILDS MOPS UP RATHER UNTIDILY
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41' Xavi into the attack - but the white shirts prefer to knock the ball around rather than move forward
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39' NZ come away - yet again - the Spanish midfield hold firm
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37' The Black Sticks in a hurry now as Spain try to control the pace of the game by slowing things down
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36' NICK WOODS FINDS LETT - SWITCH FLANKS - STEPHEN JENNESS GETS THE BALL NEAR THE STRIKING CIRCLE - ENRIQUE TO THE RESCUE
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35' QUICKS ONE-TWO'S FROM THE WHITE SHIRTS - NZ BEING MADE TO WORK HARD AT THE BACK
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34' PANCHIA CANNOT ANGLE ONE IN FROM THE BACKLINE - ENRIQUE DOING WELL IN DEFENCE TOO
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32' JOYCE CALLED INTO ACTION EARLY IN THE SECOND HALF - XAVI FAILS TO FIND THE BACK OF THE NET 
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31' Spain try a high press as the second half action begins - Quemada in the thick of the action
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"We will press them harder and win the midfield" says Darren Smith
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WHAT DO THE STATS SAY??? TEN CIRCLE ENTRIES AND FOUR SHOTS ON GOAL FOR NZ - NINE CIRCLE ENTRIES AND FIVE SHOTS ON GOAL FOR SPAIN WHO ALSO EARNED A LONE PC 
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ALBERT BELTRAN AND ALVARO IGLESIAS MAKE NO MISTAKE FROM SCORING POSITIONS - CORTES IN GOAL HAS BEEN BRILLIANT AS ALWAYS
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LUCK HAS ELUDED SPAIN QUITE A BIT - THEY HAVE PERFORMED MAGNIFICIENTLY THUS FAR IN THE COMPETITION - BUT HAVE FAILED TO GET THE POINTS THEY NEED - THINGS DO LOOK DIFFERENT TODAY - WILL SOYEZ'S BOYS BE SMILING AT THE END OF THE SECOND HALF???
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HALF-TIME: SPAIN 2 - NEW ZEALAND  0
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28' The Black Sticks try and get their breath back - and manufacture a move down the center
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SPAIN 2 - NEW ZEALAND  0
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27' ALVARO IGLESIAS GET THE FINAL TOUCH - BUT THAT WAS A SUPERB TEAM GOAL FOR SPAIN
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BELTRAN CANNOT GET THE DEFLECTION IN AT THE NEAR POST
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24' BELTRAN HAS A CHANCE TO DOUBLE THE LEAD - SPAIN HAVE A PC
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22' GREAT CROSS IN FOR SPAIN AT THE OTHER END - SOYEZ SHAKES HIS HEAD IN DISBELIEF AS NONE OF HIS MEN ARE IN POSITION TO LATCH ON
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21' TARRANT TRIES TO GET THINGS MOVING FOR THE BLACK STICKS - SARIKAYA FAILS TO TRAP THE BALL NEAR THE SPANISH 23
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20' Spain try to advance down the right - the cross fails to come through well enough for the white shirts to capitalize