- Host nation India to face Pool A runners-up Belgium; Argentina go head to head against World Cup winners Australia
- England top Pool A and will meet London 2012 Olympic Champions Germany in quarter-final match
- Pool B winners Netherlands set up clash with Pakistan
Hosts India defeated Pool B leaders Netherlands 3-2 to set-up quarter-final against Belgium in the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 at Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar (India). Earlier today, England held Belgium for 1-1 draw to top Pool A, while Australia defeated Pakistan 3-0 in Pool A and Argentina beat London 2012 Olympic Champions Germany 3-0 in Pool B.
After both Dutch and Indian Goalkeepers, Pirman Blaak and PR Sreejesh, being called in action and Mink van der Weerden’s drag-flick hitting the crossbar, the score remained 0-0 till the lemon break.
SV Sunil’s deflection on Gurjinder Singh’s long pass opened the scoring in third minute of 2nd half/3rd quarter. The men in orange took their video referral on this but the goal was confirmed. 3 minutes later, van der Weerden silenced the crowd shortly afterwards when his third penalty corner attempt found the net to level the score at 1-1.
Manpreet Singh fired in a low slap shot after Blaak stopping two attempts by Danish Mujtaba and then Rupinder Singh penalty corner flick took India 3-1 ahead of the Dutch side. Van der Weerden added another penalty corner goal on two minutes remaining to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
The Kookaburras secured their first 3-0 win over Pakistan at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar, after winning goals from Jeremy Hayward and Jake Whetton. The Australian men’s hockey team will now prepare for the tournaments quarter-final against Argentina on Thursday night.
Jeremy Hayward opened the scoring for Australia after a follow-up ball on Chris Ciriello’s penalty corner drag flick in the second quarter of the match, followed by Hayward’s third quarter drag flick, pushing Australia in front with the 2-0 lead. Jake Whetton sealed the deal for Australia 3-0 with moments left on the clock, after Tom Craig fed through a winning ball for Whetton to deflect past Pakistan’s goalkeeper Imran Butt.
With both sides, England and Belgium, still able to finish top of the pool, as expected, it was a tense opening quarter. Belgium had the lion’s share of possession but it was England who got the first shot away at goal. Ashley Jackson slipped the ball to Alastair Brogdon, who fired in a reverse stick shot, forcing Vincent Vanasch into a save. Immediately following this England attack, Belgium got the breakthrough with Amaury Keusters opening the scoring in the ninth minute. Tanguy Cosyns found the No11 in the middle of the circle and his low backhand shot beat George Pinner.
There were chances for both the world number four [Belgium] and world number five [England] sides in the second quarter, but by far the best opportunity fell to England in the closing minutes when they won their first penalty corner of the match. Jackson’s drag flick was saved onto the post and the rebound fell to Beeston’s Sam Ward who was fouled as he followed up. Belgium protested the decision by umpire Paco Vazquez to award a penalty stroke, but their referral was unsuccessful. Holcombe’s Iain Lewers stepped up to take the stroke, but the woodwork saved Vanasch again, as his shot came back off the cross-bar.
The third quarter was end to end, with both sides winning penalty corners but ultimately failing to convert their chances. The physical, fast paced encounter in humid conditions was starting to take its toll on both sides as the pace dropped a little and in the final minute of the quarter a tired tackle from the Red Lions’ Florent van Aubel on Barry Middleton led to him receiving a yellow card and gave England a man advantage going into the final period.
It took Crutchley’s side just three minutes to capitalise on the advantage as Lewers made amends with a fantastic individual goal. The Holcombe defender picked up Jackson’s pass outside the circle, drove to the left eliminating the Belgium defender and fired an unstoppable backhand shot into the bottom right corner to bring his side back level.
It was a tense finish to the game as Belgium surged forward-looking for the winner to overtake England at the top of Pool A, however Pinner was on hand again to powerfully punch out Cosyns’ drag flick from a Belgian penalty corner to keep the scores level.
Here is the Points’ Table after league stage of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014, Bhubaneswar:
Country Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD Points England 3 2 1 0 12 4 8 7 Belgium 3 1 2 0 7 6 1 5 Australia 3 1 1 1 8 7 1 4 Pakistan 3 0 0 3 3 13 -10 0
Country Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD Points Netherlands 3 2 0 1 9 4 5 6 Argentina 3 2 0 1 7 5 2 6 India 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2 3 Germany 3 1 0 2 2 7 -5 3
Click here for the final standings of the pool tables, results till now and schedule. The quarter finals will take place on Thursday 11th December with the line-up as follows:
England (Winner Pool A) v Germany (4th place Pool B) at 1715 IST
Argentina (2nd place Pool B) v Australia (3rd place Pool A) at 1345 IST
Belgium (2nd place Pool A) v India (3rd place Pool B) at 1930 IST
Netherlands (Winner Pool B) v Pakistan (4th place Pool A) at 1130 IST