Field hockey — World cupSaturday, June 14, 2014
Australia swamp Argentina 5-1
Leonas to face US for third place
Argentine men’s team failed to make its first World Cup final after losing to Australia 5-1 in semifinals. They will next meet England for the third place. The Argentine women will play US today in the 3rd/4th place playoffs.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Awesome Australia penetrated Argentina’s circle three times, forced a penalty corner and opened the score through Kieran Govers. Argentina could not get an attack going, either spoilt by bad passes or ferocious Aussie tackling in yesterday’s men’s semifinal. The Australians, 5-1 winners,were faster and combined better and only some poor shooting stopped them from scoring more. They scored from four of their five penalty corners continuing through Jeremy Hayward (2) and Chris Ciriello and a field goal by Jacob Whetton.
And Argentina? They showed good stickwork, but could not find many spaces. They missed some close chances in the circle where Joaquín Menini made the most spectacular entry. But that was not enough against such opposition.
As coach Carlos Retegui said, Australia score five goals against most rivals and Argentina lowered their usual goal shots ratio. The defence again defended their circle well which meant that in spite of Australia’s superiority, circle entries were almost equal. Gonzalo Peillat only netted one of three penalty corners, but with his 10th goal he is bound to be tournament top scorer.
Netherlands beat England 1-0 in the other semifinal to face Australia, who look stronger, in the final, while Argentina faces England for third place on Sunday. Although the Dutch were more on top, Mink van der Weerden scored the only goal from a penalty corner after 31 minutes, while England goalkeeper George Pinner again shone. England also had their chances and they exchanged the goalkeeper for an extra field player with five minutes to go and were on top.
In matches for ninth place yesterday, Korea beat Germany 4-2 and South Africa beat Japan 2-0. The two losers take 10th place.
Today it is the turn of the women again with Argentina playing the United States for 3rd place at 7.30am (Argentine time), followed by the final between Netherlands and Australia.