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Hockey World Cup 2018, Match 4: New Zealand v France, Live Score, Commentary & Updates

NEW ZEALAND 2 - FRANCE 1
Updated: 29 November 2018 20:37 IST - Published: 29 November 2018 11:08 IST
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That's it from us here - this is Subhashish signing off- do join us when World Champions Australia face Ireland at 1700 IST tomorrow - stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates.
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NOT AN ENTIRELY CONVINCING WIN, BUT A WIN NONETHELESS FOR NEW ZEALAND - STEPHEN JENNESS WINS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH AWARD  
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WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT - THE FRENCH HAD 8 SHOTS ON GOAL WHILE THE BLACK STICKS MANAGED ONLY 6, 22 CIRCLE ENTRIES FOR THE FRENCH - ONLY 13 FOR NZ (WILL DARREN SMITH BE CONCENED???) - NO PCs FOR NZ - FRANCE EARNED 4 - CHARLET SCORED FROM THE LAST OF THEM
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THE BLACK STICKS EARN FULL POINTS - BUT NOT BEFORE THEY SURVIVE A REAL SCARE AS DELMEE'S CHARGERS PUT ON A BRAVE DISPLAY - THE FRENCH HAD THEIR CHANCES - MISSED A FEW BY A MERE WHISKER - CHARLET SCORED ONE BUT SHOULD HAVE GOT ANOTHER 
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FULL TIME: NEW ZEALAND 2 - FRANCE 1
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THE FRENCH TAKE THEIR GOALIE OFF 
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NEW ZEALAND 2 - FRANCE 1
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WAS THE BALL STOPPED INSIDE THE CIRCLE????
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CHARLET SCORES - BUT IS IT TOO LITTLE TOO LATE????
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58' The French pass the ball around - across both flanks - look for gaps - earn a PC
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57' One last deperate attempt by the French - can they earn a PC - no is the answer
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NEW ZEALAND 2 - FRANCE 0
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55' STEPHEN JENNESS SENDS ONE CRASHING INTO THE NET AT THE OTHER END - WHICH MAY EFFECTIVELY SEAL THE DEAL FOR THE BLACK STICKS
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54' DELMEE LOOKS ON - HIS SIDE HAS DONE JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING RIGHT  - BUT HAVE FAILED TO GET THE BALL INTOT HE NET!! 
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GREAT SAVE - CHARLET IS DENIED YET AGAIN
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YET ANOTHER PC AS THE FIRST IS BLOCKED
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CAN CHARLET POWER ONE IN THIS TIME??
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52' The French come away - yet again - from the right this time - FRANCE HAVE A PC!!!!!!
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50' Kane Russell - at long last - manages to push ahead for the Black Sticks - cannot get a shot on goal
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48' The Black Sticks hanging by a thread here - Tom Genestet brilliant as ever manages to enter the striking circle but cannot find a white shirt in front of goal
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47' The tale continues - the French nearly - so very nearly find the back of the net 
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NEW ZEALAND LIVING RATHER DANGEROUSLY - THE COMPLEXION OF THIS MATCH CAN CHANGE IN A FLASH IF ONLY THE FRENCH MANAGE TO FIND SPACE IN THE NZ CIRCLE
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END OF Q3: NEW ZEALAND 1 - FRANCE 0
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43' The French possibly need to do something different if they are to find an opening goal 
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41' The Black Sticks have been unable to manufacture any attacks of their own - the French keeping the NZ defence busy
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39' Yet another chance for the French as they press harder and harder - can NZ hold on??
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CHARLET'S FLICK IS SAVED  - GREAT CHANCE GOES ABEGGING FOR THE FRENCH
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37' Victor Charlet in the thick of the action - France have a PC - CAN CHARLET SCORE???
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36' The French keep pressing - as they obviously need to - the NZ defence holding the fort
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34' THEY DO HAVE THE SPACE - AND A CHANCE - BUT CANNOT CONTROL THE BALL AT THE GOALMOUTH 
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33' Long ball from the French - too many Black Sticks in the way yet again - what can Delmee's boys to do to find space??
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32' The French displaying a lot more urgency - get moving quickly - but give the ball away to the Black Sticks 
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The second half action begins
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"We are not playing to our structure," says Delmee
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KANE RUSSELL PUTS THE BLACK STICKS AHEAD BUT LES BLUES HAVE HELD ON ADMIRABLY AND ARE GAINING IN CONFIDENCE BY THE MINUTE - CAN THEY FIND AN EQUALIZER IN THE SECOND HALF??
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HALF-TIME: NEW ZEALAND 1 - FRANCE 0
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29' The French manage to penetrate the NZ circle - try a long crash ball in - to no avail though!!!
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27' NZ have a chance to get a shot on goal - the French goalie charges out and clears the ball to safety
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25' Lots of play on in and around the midfield as both sides attempt to probe the other in vain
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23' The pace has not been blistering but the contest has been absorbing - can the French find an equalizer??
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21' Timothee Clement has a chance to take a shot on goal!!!!! Cannot find the target though
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20' The French make their way into the NZ 23 - the NZ defence is upto the task
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19' The French persist with a high press - unable to find any space to manuever their way into the circle
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18' The opening goal opens the match up - the French now attempt to dart ahead from the left - the Black Sticks steal the ball back
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NEW ZEALAND 1 - FRANCE 0
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16' FANTASTIC SRIKE BY KANE RUSSELL WHO TRAPS AN AERIAL BALL AND SCORES A FANTASTIC RUNNING GOAL
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A RATHER CAGEY AFFAIR IN THE FIRST QUARTER - THREE SHOTS ON GOAL FOR THE BLACK STICKS - ONE FOR FRANCE. TWO CIRCLE ENTRIES EACH FOR BOTH SIDES
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END OF Q1: NEW ZEALAND 0 - FRANCE 0