Top 5 / Top 10 40 // 10 Dec 2018, 21:22 IST SHARE England have secured their entry into the quarter-finals of Hockey World Cup. They beat New Zealand by 2-0 margin at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday in the first crossover match of the tournament.England will now have a mountain to climb as they will face Olympic gold medallist Argentina in the quarter-final match on Wednesday.It was a match where both sides had their chances but it was England who made that count. They were more aggressive in the first two quarters, whereas New Zealand were busy in defending.The Kiwis came out of their cage in the second half and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions but an inspiring performance from George Pinner kept them away.The experience of New Zealand players compared to their opponents finally made the difference between the two sides, as England kept concentration in crunch moments.Let us look at the three standout players of the match:#3 Phil RoperOn a day when England depended on their team game, captain Phil Roper has certainly distinguished his performance from others. The Chester-born helped his team to register the opening goal of the… Read full this story
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