BHUBANESHWAR: France stunned Olympic champions Argentina 5-3 in the ongoing Men’s Hockey World Cup here at Kalinga Stadium on Thursday. After New Zealand and Spain played out a 2-2 draw earlier in the day, world no. 20, the lowest ranked side in the competition, France needed an outright win to qualify for the cross-overs and they came out with intent to achieve the goal.
The French side stayed just two minutes with a three-goal lead as Gaspard Baumgarten added the fourth beautifully constructed goal for his side before going into half-time. In the last Pool A match, France scored four field goals through Hugo Genestet (18th minute), Aristide Coisne (26th), Gaspard Baumgarten (30th) and Francois Goyet (54th), while the other goal came from a penalty corner conversion by skipper Victor Charlet (23rd).