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Men's field hockey recap day two

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Australia vs. Spain (Pool A)

Spain claimed a major upset victory over gold medal favorites Australia, edging them 1-0.

A goal from Alex Casasayas put Spain up by one in the first quarter. This would end up being the lone score of the game.

The Kookaburras had multiple shot opportunities off of penalty corners, but they could not convert on anything in the first half of play.

Spain held on to a one-goal lead all through the third quarter where neither team was able to execute on the offensive end. Things began to get chippy between the two teams down the stretch as Australia began desperately seeking a goal.

In afinal attempt to get some offense going, The Kookaburras removed the goalkeeper and replaced him with an extra man on the field. However, Spain was able to hold on to the lead, and they notched one of the biggest wins of pool play.

Brazil vs. Belgium (Pool A)

Belgium completed the biggest rout of the tournament so far, blanking Brazil 12-0. Ten different players scored for the Belgium team. Tanguy Cosyns and Arthur van Doren each had two goals in the win.

"It's awesome winning 12-0 at the Olympics," Florent van Aubel said after the victory. "You don't see that often so it's an awesome feeling."

Never wavering, Belgium had full control beginning early on in the game. Van Aubel got the scoring frenzy started with 3:48 left in the first quarter on a reverse-stick shot.

From there, Belgium found every which way to score. Penalty corners, second-shot attempts, off of long cross-field passes and right in front of the cage. 

Brazil never had a chance to get things going. Belgium was able to focus its efforts on moving the ball and getting all players involved to tally up the score.

"I was trying to tell the guys to keep enjoying the moment, keep positive and keep wanting to play. Don't just throw the ball away just for the sake of it," Brazil's Stephane Smith said. "This is a very special moment to be playing in the Olympics."

Belgium now stands at the top of Pool A with six points, and Brazil moved down to last place after its second loss. Cosyns now has three combined goals in this Olympic tournament.

Netherlands vs. Ireland (Pool B)

The Netherlands put together a 5-0 shutout win over Ireland led by two goals from Mink van der Weerden.

The Dutch dominated the first quarter. Goal number one came from a penalty corner when van der Weerden converted off the insert. Within roughly a minute, Jorrit Croon scored again for the Netherlands to put them ahead 2-0.

The Irish doubled down defensively in the second to make sure the lead did not increase before the next half of play.

Finally, after almost two quarters without scoring, the Dutch slammed one in on another penalty corner. Van der Weerden tallied his second goal of the game on the play. Mirco Pruijser snuck one past David Harte in goal soon after to put the Netherlands up 4-0 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Green Machine looked dejected. On a Dutch shot attempt, an Irish defender accidentally tipped the ball into his own goal, increasing the lead to five with seconds remaining in the game.

Great Britain vs. New Zealand (Pool A)

In the first men’s matchup of day two, Great Britain and New Zealand ended in a 2-2 tie.

Great Britain came out with great energy and established an early 1-0 lead. David Condon scrambled in a congested mass of players to force the ball past the goalkeeper.

New Zealand answered with a beautiful goal from Kane Russell, who controlled an aerial pass and smashed it into the net from the opposite side of the circle. The Black Sticks would then pull ahead by one. After a series of one-touch passes, Hayden Phillips put New Zealand up 2-1.

Before the second quarter could close, Great Britain tied it up with a tip-in goal from Barry Middleton.

Both teams battled through a scoreless third quarter and played the tight game down to the wire, which resulted in the draw.

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