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Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final - Men

Rotterdam, Netherlands - June 13-23, 2013
Local time is 5:01am

Spain v France

Pool A

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
June 14th, 2013
3 Pool A 9:00am Spain ESP - FRA France 4 - 2 (3 - 0) Final    x 10    

Match Review

Spain – France 4-2 (3-0 halftime)

Spain had a relatively easy challenge on its first day of action at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, dispatching France in a 4-2 decision. The French did their best to stage a comeback late in the game, but the bid fell short as the Spanish were simply too strong.

Spain made easy work of the French during a four minute span that saw them pour in three goals. David Alegre got things rolling in the 18th minute when he put the ball right between the legs of French goalkeeper Martin Zylbermann. Xavi Lleonart and Andres Mir followed up with back-to-back penalty corner goals to pull the Spanish out to the commanding 3-0 lead.

Viktor Lockwood cut into the lead for the French in the 51st minute, but before anyone could say ‘Viva la France’ the Spanish had erased his efforts when Roc Oliva found the back of the goal less than a minute later. The French had the last word five minutes later when Hugo Genestet gave the French hope by cutting the lead to 4-2 with 14 minutes left, but ultimately the French ran out of time and gas in their comeback bid and fell, 4-2.

Both teams have tall orders ahead of them tomorrow as the French will take on Belgium and Spain will meet Australia.

n the 51st minute, but before anyone could say ‘Viva la France’ the Spanish had erased his efforts when Roc Oliva found the back of the goal less than a minute later. The French had the last word five minutes later when Hugo Genestet gave the French hope by cutting the lead to 4-2 with 14 minutes left, but ultimately the French ran out of time and gas in their comeback bid and fell, 4-2.

Both teams have tall orders ahead of them tomorrow as the French will take on Belgium and Spain will meet Australia.

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Live Blogging
June 14th, 2013 at 1:32 am Morning hockey fans! We're 30 minutes from the start of another six-game day in Rotterdam. Spain and France are first on the agenda.
June 14th, 2013 at 2:03 am It's a chilly morning, but things are about to heat up as the anthems are on for Spain v. France!
June 14th, 2013 at 2:16 am It's taking a while for the teams to get going with the early start. 10 minutes in and we're still at 0-0.
June 14th, 2013 at 2:26 am Spain takes the lead with just over 17 minutes left in the first half Alegre forces the ball between the legs of the French goalie
June 14th, 2013 at 2:28 am Two minutes later the Spain lead is doubled thanks to a penalty corner goal.
June 14th, 2013 at 2:31 am A tough game for the French goalie -- he gives up the third Spanish goal as it bounces off his foot. Mir the scorer for Spain.
June 14th, 2013 at 3:16 am France gets on the board, but before they are finished celebrating, Spain puts in another making it a 4-1 game
June 14th, 2013 at 3:19 am France pulls with within two with 14 minutes left in the game. Lets see if the clock cooperates with their comeback hopes
June 14th, 2013 at 3:36 am the clock hits zero and Spain opens its tournament with a 4-2 win against France. Congratulations to them!
June 14th, 2013 at 3:37 am Next up on the schedule is sure to be a big battle -- Australia vs. Belgium -- see you in 30 minutes for the festivities!
NED v NZL (Pool B) AUS v BEL (Pool A)

POOL STANDINGS

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pool A
Belgium  BEL 3 2 1 0 5 7
Australia  AUS 3 2 0 1 7 6
Spain  ESP 3 1 1 1 -1 4
France  FRA 3 0 0 3 -11 0
Pool B
Netherlands  NED 3 2 1 0 7 7
New Zealand  NZL 3 1 2 0 2 5
India  IND 3 0 2 1 -2 2
Ireland  IRL 3 0 1 2 -7 1

MATCHES

Jun 23, 2013
ESP Spain
India IND
NZL New Zealand
Netherlands NED
BEL Belgium
Australia AUS
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