New Zealand's chances of making the Champions Trophy final have slumped after a 3-2 loss to Spain at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium.
The Black Sticks must now beat Australia on Saturday evening in their second match in the top four semi-final series.
Australia's through to Sunday's final with a game in hand after a 4-2 win over the Netherlands, who could still make the final by beating Spain.
But Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod isn't resigned to playing playing Spain again for third or fouth,
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Shane McLeod says Australia will be tough but the Black Sticks will take heart from a recent win and a draw in the Oceania Cup.