Saturday, December 2, 2023

Two major shocks on day four of the Rabobank hockey World Cup

Day four at a glance

Men’s results

South Africa 0 New Zealand 5
Germany 0 Argentina 1
Netherlands 2 Korea 1

Women’s results

South Africa 1 Germany 3
England 0 China 3
​Argentina 2 USA 2

Losses for Olympic men’s champions Germany and European silver medallists England were the headline stories on day forur of the hockey World Cup in the Hague.

USA women also continued their good form with a 2-2 draw with world champions Argentina.

England missed early chances and lost 3-0 to a China side who showed impeccable finishing. Germany lost 1-0 to Argentina after conceding a first-half flicked goal to Manuel Brunet from an impossible angle on the left baseline.

USA scored late through Kelsey Kolojejchick to level with Argentina in a see-saw game in which the USA took the lead through a sweet reverse shot from Katie Reinprecht in the 27th minute. A mishit PC from Silvina D’Elia on 32 minutes levelled it before Luciana Aymar seemed to have the game won with a fierce finish in the 62nd minute.

But the USA were not finished with Kolojejchick finishing calmly at the left post as the ball bobbled through the Argentina defence.

Korea came close to creating the third surprise, but a 69th-minute Robert Kempermann goal gave the hosts a 2-1 win in the final game of the day.

Wednesday is a rest day. Thursday sees England men play Malaysia at 1pm local (12noon UK). The Belgium v Australia game at 4pm features the two in-form men’s teams in the Hague, while the New Zealand v Netherlands women’s game at 7.45pm local should be another highlight.


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