The Dutch became the 1st team to book their berth in semi-finals of Men’s Hockey Competition at London Olympics by defeating the defending champions Germany (3-1) in their fourth pool match. The Dutch is only team in the men’s competition to have 4 wins from 4 outings and will be taking on Korea in Pool B match at 8:30 BST on July 7.
If world number six Korea registers an upset win over world number 3 Netherlands then defending champions Germany would need at least a draw with Black Sticks in the last pool match of the competition later in the evening (21:15 BST) to reach the semi-finals.
On the other hand in Pool A, the world number one Australia, the hosts Great Britain, Asian giants Pakistan and silver medalists of Beijing Olympics Spain stand a chance to make it to the final four, which depends on the results of Australia Vs Pakistan (10:45 BST) and Spain Vs Great Britain (19:00 BST) matches.
On 4th day of the competition, the hosts Great Britain came from behind, after trailing 0-3 till 46th minute, to hold the world champions Australia 3-3 in a thrilling game to share the points. While Pakistan defeated (5-4) world number 12 South Africa, the lowest ranked team in the competition, in roller coaster goal fest to keep their chance alive for semi-finals and silver medalists from Beijing, Spain defeated (3-1) Argentina by scoring 3 goals in last five minutes, to create this situation where any two of four (Australia, Great Britain, Pakistan and Spain) could go to the semis.
In mid day session, Argentina will take on South Africa at 13:45 BST to avoid finishing last in Pool A, while India will play Belgium at 16:00 BST. Whatever be the result of India vs Belgium, India will have to play to avoid wooden spoon in classification matches.
Pool A Ifs and Buts:
These are some of the possibilities, but not limited to, of Australia, Great Britain, Pakistan and Spain reaching to semi-finals of MEN’s Hockey competition of London Olympics:
- Winners of the Australia Vs Pakistan and Spain Vs Great Britain will be through to Semis
- If both the matches are drawn, then Australia and Great Britain will play in semi-finals.
- If Spain Vs Great Britain is drawn, then Great Britain and the winner of Australia Vs Pakistan Match will go to semi-finals.
- If Australia Vs Pakistan is drawn, then Australia and the winner of Spain Vs Great Britain match will be through to semi-finals.
Pool B Ifs and Buts:
These are some of the possibilities, but not limited to, of Germany or Korea reaching to semi-finals of MEN’s Hockey competition of London Olympics:
- If Korea beat Netherlands and New Zealand beat Germany, then Korea will be in Semi Final.
- If Germany win or draw against New Zealand, then Germany will be in Semi Final.
Schedule of Day 5 of MEN’s Hockey Competition at London 2012:
|07/08 08:30||KOR||– x –||NED|
|07/08 10:45||AUS||– x –||PAK|
|07/08 13:45||ARG||– x –||RSA|
|07/08 16:00||IND||– x –||BEL|
|07/08 19:00||ESP||– x –||GBR|
|07/08 21:15||GER||– x –||NZL|
Points Tables after 4 days of MEN’s Hockey Competition at London 2012:
|2 Great Britain||8||4||2||2||0||13||7||6|
|6 South Africa||1||4||0||1||3||8||16||-8|
|5 New Zealand||4||4||1||1||2||5||9||-4|