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England lose to Argentina, will face Netherlands in the semis

England 0 Argentina 2
Korea 5 South Africa 3
China 6 Spain 0


Argentina have won pool B of the world cup with a 2-0 victory over a valiant England side. Argentina scored a first-half penalty corner through Noel Barrioneuvo and a late reverse-stick rocket from Daniela Sruoga.
England coach Danny Kerry said he was pleased with the way England had contained Argentina for much of the game especially given how Argentina had played against the other teams in the group.

England 0 Argentina 2
Korea 5 South Africa 3
China 6 Spain 0


Argentina have won pool B of the world cup with a 2-0 victory over a valiant England side. Argentina scored a first-half penalty corner through Noel Barrioneuvo and a late reverse-stick rocket from Daniela Sruoga.
England coach Danny Kerry said he was pleased with the way England had contained Argentina for much of the game especially given how Argentina had played against the other teams in the group.
“I am very happy with that. In front of 12,002 Argentinean fans, that was very impressive,” said Kerry in reference to the umpires. He had been seen talking to the umpires manager during the game.
“I was very polite, I didn’t shout, I didn’t swear, I just said something needed to be said at half time.” Whatever was said, the second half saw England mometarily reduced to nine players for the second time in the tournament with yellow cards for Susie Gilbert (54mins) and Ashleigh Ball (59mins).
Asked about the atmosphere in the packed stadium, England skipper Kate Walsh said: “I thought it was fantastic. I love playing in front of a big crowd although they were all cheering for Argentina [actually Kate we were cheering you!], the atmosphere was fantastic. I’m disappointed with the result but I am proud of all the girls. I think we are improving and I’m looking forward to the semi-finals.”
In other matches, China returned to form with four devastating penalty corners from Ma Yibo helping to beat Spain 6-0. Spain will now be playing for the wooden spoon. Korea and South Africa produced a second-half goal-fest to warm the crowd up for Argentina vs England (like they needed it!) Korea won 5-3, it was 1-1 at half-time
The game marked Walsh’s 250th international appearance.
England will now play the Netherlands in a semi-final on Thursday (barring some real freak scorelines tomorrow). Argentina will play either Germany or Australia who clash tomorrow. The Hockeyroos must win to make the semis.

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