Field Hockey — World League FinalThursday, January 16, 2014
Argentina fails to make semis
NEW DELHI — England, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia qualified for the semifinals of the Hockey World League Final in Delhi. All four teams faced tough challenges. While England showed resilience to soak up sustained pressure from Belgium to win 1-0, the Netherlands held on to a 2-1 lead despite a late surge by Germany. The Black Sticks came through the first shoot-out winning it 4-3 against Argentina. Australia had to overturn a 2-0 deficit to eventually defeat India 7-2.
Tomorrow’s semifinals see England taking on New Zealand with the Netherlands playing Australia. Germany will face India in the 5-8 classification while Belgium will play Argentina.
The first shoot out of the tournament took place between New Zealand and Argentina after full-time delivered a 1-1 draw. The match was very much a game of two halves, Kane Russell (8th) shot the Blacks Sticks into an early lead and New Zealand dominated the first 35 minutes. This was reversed in the second half when Matías Paredes (59th) scored from open play.
The game went to penalty shoot out. At the end of the first round, both teams were drawing, with two successful penalty attempts each. The second round was sudden death and both Agustín Mazzilli and Hugo Inglis scored. Lucas Vila failed to score for Argentina, and it was Blair Hilton who became the hero of the hour as he took the ball wide around the Argentine goal keeper, Joaquín Berthold and scored to put New Zealand through to the semifinals.
Herald staff with FIH