Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Hockey World Cup 2023: Cross-overs, quarter-finals and ranking matches schedule

The World Cup is edging closer towards knowing the make-up of the quarter-finalists in Bhubaneswar.

The cross-overs on Sunday and Monday will see four teams progress to the last eight on Tuesday and Wednesday where Australia, England, Netherlands and Belgium have already progressed.

World Cup quarter-finals – Jan 24/25

Top half:
Malaysia or Spain v Australia
Germany/France v England

Bottom half:
Argentina/S Korea v Netherlands
India/New Zealand v Belgium

For the teams having already qualified, they will have had six days between matches. At the 2018 World Cup, with the same format, three of the four cross-over teams who made the last eight, also went on to reach the semi-finals.

Australia have looked in fine fettle (Photo by WorldSportPics)

England, the Netherlands and Belgium all beat teams who had automatically qualified for the last eight. And teams will surely have learned from that experience here.

The semi-finals will take place on Friday Jan 27, with the third place and final set for next Sunday, Jan 29.

The losers of the cross-overs face an unwanted trip to Rourkela for the 9th to 16th classification ranking games.

South Africa, Japan, Chile and Wales await the four teams at the Birsa Munda International Stadium, with matches taking place on Jan 26.

For full match reports, matches and results head here

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