The Black Sticks men finished seventh at the hockey World Cup after winning the minor play-off match against Spain 4-1 on penalties in The Hague tonight.
The scores were locked 1-all at the end of regulation time forcing the shootout which New Zealanders dominated.
Goalkeeper Devon Manchester was a hero for the Black Sticks making two fine saves of Spanish penalty attempts while Hugo Inglis, Blair Hilton, Steve Edwards and Simon Child all netted their shots.
New Zealand took the lead in the 30th minute when Kane Russell netted after a drag flick from a penalty corner.
Spain equalised after 55 minutes through Blanco Lleonert whose shot was partially stopped by Manchester before trickling over the line.
New Zealand thought they had secured victory with five minutes to play after Child netted but the goal was disallowed after several replays for an infringement.
- Fairfax Media
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