An action-packed game treated a healthy crowd for the second game of Pool B between France and Spain at the 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup. France showed their attacking dominance early earning a penalty corner less than two minutes in but Spain were up to the challenge, deflecting it up and out of bounds.
Despite France’s midfield control it was Spain that was the first to tally, capitalizing on their first corner of the match. A faked drag flick back to the injector, Alvaro Iglesias, was finished effortlessly into the mesh to boost Spain 1-0 in the 7th minute.
A fast-paced and physical match continued with a tying opportunity handed to France in the 17th minute. Following a long corner entry into the circle France was awarded a penalty stroke but Hugo Genestet was unable to convert.
The 23rd minute marked a plethora of goals as Genestet redeemed himself with a top-corner shot past Spain’s keeper Mario Fernandez to tie the game at one. Off the push back Spain were quick to gain France’s circle and as keeper Edgar Reynauld slid out to challenge, Albert Beltrain dove to touch the ball up and in for the 2-1 Spain lead.
France’s Simon Martin Brisac dealt two unanswered goals before the break, first at the 24th minute mark on a deflection at the far post and then on a solo effort from the left base line at the 28th minute. France entered half time with the 3-2 edge.
In the second half Pieter van Straaten extended France’s lead to two by putting away a top-shelf shot in the 38th minute. With less than 8 minutes to go Spain continued their come back with a well-executed drag flick by Richardo Sanchez. It was too little, too late though as France did well to maintain possession