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Netherlands book a semi-final place in the women’s hockey world cup

India 2 Japan 0
Netherlands 2 Germany 1
Australia 4 New Zealand 1

Picture: German hopes are still alive despite Sunday’s loss

Netherlands have joined England and Argentina as certain semi-finalists in the women’s hockey world cup. The other semi-final place will be decided on Tuesday when Germany play Australia. A win or a draw for Germany will put them through.

India 2 Japan 0
Netherlands 2 Germany 1
Australia 4 New Zealand 1

Picture: German hopes are still alive despite Sunday’s loss

Netherlands have joined England and Argentina as certain semi-finalists in the women’s hockey world cup. The other semi-final place will be decided on Tuesday when Germany play Australia. A win or a draw for Germany will put them through.
Australia kept their cup dreams alive with a 4-1 win over New Zealand, while the Netherlands secured a semi-final place, and almost certainly top place in the group, with a win over Germany. The only way they can forfeit top place is if they lose to Japan on Tuesday and either Germany or Australia produce a massive turn-around in goal difference – Netherlands are on +14 goal difference, Germany +5 and Australia +4, so this is unlikely to say the least.
Sunday’s results have put extra focus on Monday’s Argentina v England clash with both sides preferring to win the group and avoid the in-form Dutch in the semis. England must win to topple Argentina from first-place.
Holland were made to work for their 2-1 win, but it was well deserved as they showed far more enterprise going forward than the Germans, who scored a surprise third minute goal (Maike Stockel) and then largely looked to play on the break.The so-far deadly Dutch corner routines looked a little off until Maartje Paumen scored her sixth corner of the world cup (she also has one flick) just after half time. A 69th minute field goal from Kim Lammers decided the game. Although the Germans had the ball in the net from a last minute corner only to see the strike ruled out for some stick obstruction/tackling during the corner move – a decision confirmed by the video umpire.
In the first match of a lovely warm spring day in Rosario, India continued their stylish, if rather old-fashioned, approach to hockey and put away the hapless Japanese 2-0. Japan’s cause wasn’t helped by some truly woeful corners. For India, teenage sensation Rami Rampal scored her fifth field goal of the world cup – making the 16-year-old the top open-play striker here.
The battle of the Oceania teams was 1-1 at half-time before the Hockeyroos kicked away to a 4-1 win. The Kiwis scored a fifth minute open play goal through Krystal Forgesson, Kobie McGurk scored a corner and Ashleigh Nelson netted two and Shelly Liddelow one for the Australians.

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