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FIH: France To Face New Zealand As Spain Pitted Towards Eire In FIH Nations Cup Last

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France secured a ticket to the ultimate of FIH Hockey Males’s Nations Cup Poland 2023-24 with a last-minute winner in opposition to South Africa within the semi-finals. They may play New Zealand for the highest prize after the Black Sticks edged Pakistan.

The FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup Spain 2023-24 last will see a rematch of the match opener that includes the hosts and Eire. Spain beat Chile whereas Eire obtained the higher of New Zealand within the semi-finals. 

Classification matches noticed each Canadian groups win in shootout. They are going to be joined by the Korean males’s staff and the Japanese ladies’s staff within the fifth-place matches.    

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(Males’s) Austria 1-1 Canada (SO:1-3) 

Canada shocked Austria within the shootout to qualify for the fifth-place match after the sport completed 1-1 in regular time. After conceding early objectives of their earlier video games, the Canadians began gradual, specializing in defence. Nonetheless, it wasn’t that each groups didn’t create possibilities. Canada had their greatest half-hour since arriving in Gniezno however the rating remained 0-0 after the primary half. 

The Pink Caribou opened the scoring in the long run as Hudson Loh made an excellent run into the circle earlier than a spectacular end within the thirty eighth minute for his first worldwide aim. The Canadians had been controlling the sport higher however with six minutes remaining, a penalty nook noticed Florian Hackl equalise. The shootout noticed Loh rating the all-important aim together with Brendan Guraliuk and Roopkanwar Dhillon. Fabian Unterkircher scored the one aim for the Austrians.  

Hudson Loh of Canada, who was named participant of the match, was happy together with his first aim and stated: “First worldwide aim. It’s tremendous thrilling and we obtained a superb outcome. It’s good to get a win. To get a win in opposition to a staff ranked above us is spectacular.” 

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(Males’s) Malaysia 3-4 Korea 

Korean captain Jaehyeon Kim stole the present as they beat Malaysia 3-4 in a seven-goal thriller in Gniezno. The primary quarter noticed loads of possibilities as two pacy sides went about their enterprise however the scoreline remained 0-0. Thankfully, that was not an indication of issues to come back. The second quarter noticed 4 objectives beginning with the Malaysians. Aiman Rozemi stole the ball from midfield and ran from the left earlier than crossing in direction of Faizal Saari. The go was blocked however the rebound fell kindly because the duo mixed for Saari to faucet in.  

Sung Yeob Kim made it 1-1 from a penalty nook earlier than the Koreans took the lead by Inwoo Search engine optimisation, who slid in on the far submit to satisfy a Sunghyun Kim go. The match turned end-to-end as Saari obtained his and Malaysia’s second within the last minute of the primary half. The objectives had been coming thick quick with Malaysia going forward as Marhan Jalil squared one for Abu Kamal Azrai to faucet in from a penalty nook within the thirty fifth minute. Three minutes later, Dohyun Lim made it 3-3. 

Junking Rim put the Koreans in entrance, reacting well from a penalty nook within the forty seventh minute. Nonetheless, the hero of the day was goalkeeper Jaehyeon Kim, who produced a superb penalty stroke save amongst different good moments. 

Jaehyeon Kim acknowledged that it was a tricky outing after successful participant of the match and stated: “Our boys had good velocity and good efficiency. The penalty corners had some good finishes. The win is necessary due to world rating factors. I’m so completely happy.” 

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(Males’s) France 2-1 RSA 

France broke South African hearts on the very finish to achieve the ultimate of the FIH Hockey Males’s Nations Cup in Poland. It took nearly till the tip of the primary quarter to see France in full swing, creating some possibilities. The second quarter noticed them step it up, successful a penalty nook within the sixteenth minute. Nonetheless, it didn’t work of their favour and a fast and devastating counterattack involving Tevin Kok and Nqobile Ntuli ended with the latter scoring on the different finish. 

The Olympic hosts continued to use strain however weren’t in a position to break a sturdy South African backline. One of the best probability for Les Bleus got here when Timothée Clément took benefit of a uncommon defensive error from their opponents solely to fireside inches large. After many makes an attempt, a aim got here out of nowhere when Gaspard Baumgarten deflected a go that travelled with venom. The momentum from the aim meant that South Africa needed to give all of it because the French attacked. A flurry of penalty corners within the final minute of the sport noticed Victor Charlet discover the hole in fashion.    

Gaspard Xavier from France was awarded participant of the match and stated: “It was an excellent efficiency from the staff. We got here again from 1-0 down. It’s an excellent victory. It’s good preparation for Paris (Olympics). However we’ve the ultimate earlier than that.“

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(Males’s) New Zealand 2-1 Pakistan 

New Zealand will face France within the last of the FIH Hockey Males’s Nations Cup after edging Pakistan 2-1 within the semi-final. New Zealand got here into the sport with a method, and it took solely two minutes for the Black Sticks to go in entrance as Kane Russell fired an unstoppable penalty nook in. The boldness from the early aim meant that New Zealand was dictating the tempo. 

They obtained their second with 4 minutes remaining within the first quarter. Hugo Inglis did brilliantly on the best and located Jake Smith, who offered a sliding end on the opposite facet. Pakistan’s attacking aptitude has been a speaking level of the match. Nonetheless, they weren’t capable of finding that further gear to attain a aim within the first three quarters. Credit score to New Zealand’s defenders, who had the self-discipline to discover a answer for each drawback that was thrown their manner. 

The Inexperienced Shirts, nonetheless, managed to discover a manner as a stunning staff transfer was completed by Ashraf Rana Waheed with 5 minutes remaining. Nevertheless it wasn’t meant to be for Pakistan, who will now play within the third-place match in opposition to South Africa. 

Blair Tarrant of New Zealand received participant of the match and stated: “Semi-finals are at all times powerful. We’ve performed some nice video games in opposition to Pakistan already this yr. It was arduous. They counterattacked with velocity and ability, which we knew they’d, however we managed to do nicely.” 

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(Girls’s) Japan 5-3 Italy 

Japan had been ruthless in opposition to Italy within the first half, successful 5-3 in Terrassa regardless of a late surge from the ladies in blue unsettling the Olympic-bound Japanese. The Cherry Blossoms seemed harmful up entrance and scored on their first try. It got here within the fourth minute through a penalty nook due to Kana Urata. Amiru Shimada then delivered a trendy top-corner end within the last minute of the primary quarter. 

Rika Ogawa made it 3-0 when her cross from the best was deflected by the keeper just for it to hit Azul Gilardi and go in. They completed the primary half in fashion, as Shihori Oikawa slotted in from the spot. Japan didn’t sit again on their four-goal cushion as Shimada obtained her second and Japan’s fifth instantly after the restart. When all hope was misplaced, Federica Carta’s dribble into the circle discovered Maria Lunghi who despatched in a rocket within the fortieth minute. Two extra well-taken discipline objectives from Antonella Bruni and Lara Oviedo softened the blow for the Italians.  

Japan’s Amiru Shimada, who was judged participant of the match, pressured about conceding three objectives and stated: “It was good that we might win in the long run. We did concede three objectives and that’s one thing we must always replicate on.” 

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(Girls’s) Korea 2-2 Canada (SO: 3-4)

Canada’s ladies too handed the shootout check as they received in opposition to Korea in Spain. After a 2-2 draw, a dramatic shootout adopted as they received 3-4. It was a dream begin for the Canadians as Sara Goodman’s low and arduous drive from a penalty nook put them in entrance inside six minutes. The Koreans didn’t let the early aim dictate their temper, continuously threatening Canada and successful seven penalty corners within the first half. Within the twenty seventh minute, one among them was transformed by Seoyeon Park. 

The sport was one-sided for lengthy durations and the Koreans went forward as Sujin An discovered captain Jungeu Search engine optimisation, who blasted in from an acute angle after a nicely-worked penalty nook routine within the forty second minute. Canada got here alive 10 minutes later with a little bit of magic from Kathleen Leahy, who dribbled from the best flank to search out Nora Goddard-Despot who slotted it in. A prolonged referral meant the Canadians had a nervous couple of minutes earlier than attending to have a good time. 

The shootout additionally had its fair proportion of drama and feelings with the video referee known as into motion greater than as soon as. Ultimately, it was Canada’s day with Rowan Harris stepping up when the going obtained powerful.  

Kathleen Leahy performed a job within the shootout as nicely and received the participant of the match. She stated: “Actually excited to get a outcome from this recreation. We labored tremendous arduous to work our manner again into it. We have to work on our defence in opposition to Japan.” 

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(Girls’s) New Zealand 1-2 Eire 

Eire got here again from a aim right down to beat  New Zealand 1-2 to safe a spot within the last of the FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup in Spain. It was a blended first half for either side so far as possibilities had been involved and the shortage of being medical meant that it ended 0-0. The 2 groups had alternatives from penalty corners as nicely, however couldn’t discover the again of the web. 

The impasse was lastly damaged chaotically by New Zealand within the thirty fifth minute as Katie Doar’s run and go from the best resulted in an enormous scramble that ended with Ross Tynan poking it in. 

Inside 4 minutes, Eire equalised. A penalty nook noticed Roisin Upton discover Kathryn Mullan on the left facet. The Irish captain opted for yet another go for Sarah Hawkshaw to equalise. The winner got here within the 51st minute when Hawkshaw’s good play on the baseline was met with a cheeky end by Sarah Torrans. 

With a aim and help, Sarah Hawkshaw of Eire received participant of the match and stated: “I believe right this moment it was a little bit of a battle. We knew it was going to be. We set ourselves up for a struggle and it took loads of resilience as a complete group to get by. I’m pleased with the ladies and the teaching employees as nicely.” 

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(Girls’s) Spain 2-1 Chile 

Spain held on to defeat Chile 2-1 and can face pool part opponents Eire within the last of the FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup. The hosts wasted no time in letting their Latin American opponents know what they may anticipate over 4 quarters. It took them solely three minutes to make a mark by a penalty nook. 

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The approach noticed Alejandra Torres-Quevedo have the ultimate say, thumping an unstoppable strike into the highest nook. The second aim for the Spaniards got here within the eighth minute by yet one more penalty nook. This time, skipper Maria Lopez’s effort was flicked in by Begoña Garci. 

Chile too confirmed that they weren’t going to settle, successful penalty corners within the first half. A kind of efforts resulted in a penalty stroke within the last minute of the second quarter and Denise Rojas Losada made no mistake from the spot. Whereas it has been a stroll within the park for the hosts to date this match, Las Diablas had been posing severe questions with quarter-hour to go. Nonetheless, they managed to carry on and can play for the title in entrance of residence followers. 

Blanca Pérez of Spain received the participant of the match and stated: “We knew it was going to be a tough match. We haven’t had loads of time to arrange for this match. However we had been comfy and we did nicely though they had been a tough staff to beat.” 

FIH Hockey Males’s Nations Cup  – 8 June 2024 

Hockey Stadium – Gniezno, (POL)

 

Consequence: Match 17 (M)

Austria 1-1 Canada (SO:1-3)

Participant of the match: Hudson Loh (CAN)

Umpires: Munashe Mashoko (ZIM), Tim Bond (NZL), Haroon Rashid (PAK-video)

 

Consequence: Match 18 (M)

Malaysia 3-4 Korea

Participant of the match: Jaehyeon Kim (KOR)

Umpires: Benjamin Peters (USA), Erik Etsebeth (RSA), Munashe Mashoko (ZIM-video)

 

Consequence: Match 20 (M)

France 2-1 South Africa 

Participant of the match: Gaspard Xavier (FRA) 

Umpires: Michael Dutrieux (BEL),  Harry Collinson (ENG), Tim Bond (NZL-video)

 

Consequence: Match 19 (M)

New Zealand 2-1 Pakistan  

Participant of the match: Blair Tarrant (NZL)

Umpires: Paul Van Den Assum (NED), Federico Silva (ARG), Benjamin Peters (USA-video)

FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup  – 8 June 2024 

Estadi Martí Colomer, Terrassa, (ESP)

Consequence: Match 14 (W)

Japan 5-3 Italy  

Participant of the match: Amiru Shimada (JPN)

Umpires: Lisette Baljon (NED, Lorjin De Kraker (NED), Cassidy Gallagher (AUS-video)

Consequence: Match 13 (W)

Korea 2-2 Canada (SO: 3-4) 

Participant of the match: Kathleen Leahy (CAN)

Umpires: Clare Barwood (WAL), Tamara Leonard (AUS), Lorjin De Kraker (NED-video),

 

Consequence: Match 16 (W)

New Zealand 1-2 Eire 

Participant of the match: Sarah Hawkshaw (IRL)

Umpires: Mariana Reydo (ARG), Gemma Calderon (ESP), Rama Potnis (IND-video)

 

Consequence: Match 15 (W)

Spain 2-1 Chile  

Participant of the match: Blanca Pérez (ESP)  

Umpires: Sophie Bockelmann (GER), Melissa Taylor (RSA), Rama Potnis (IND-video)

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