|June 30th, 2013|
|23||3rd Place||3:30pm||ARG - CHN||3 - 2 (0 - 0)||Final|
Argentina – China 3-2 (0-0 halftime)
China had its 2014 Hockey World Cup fate in its own hands today in the third place game of the Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament but ultimately could not overcome World #2 Argentina in the make-or-break match, falling 3-2 China must now rely on the Continental Championship in Asia to earn its spot in The Hague. Thanks to the result World #3 and fourth-place finisher from Rotterdam is into the 2014 Hockey World Cup. Argentina was already qualified before today’s game.
Carla Rebecchi was the hero for Argentina scoring the bookend goals in the game. She gave Argentina some much-needed momentum with the opening goal six minutes into the second half and then scored the game winner on a last minute marker that flattened the Chinese team and dashed their hopes to be the second team to upset Las Leonas at the tournament.
The first half was a tepid affair with solid scoring chances coming few and far between. But the second half was an entirely different story as the teams matched each other stride for stride and goal for goal. No sooner had Rebecchi scored her first goal of the game than Hongxia Li erased the lead with a penalty flick of her own. It was Li’s sixth goal of the event.
Three minutes later Luciana Aymar struck with the key, go-ahead 2-1 goal, but it was again quicky erased by a determined Chinese side that saw Meiyu Liang equalize the game yet again this time with a mere five minutes left.
Everyone was ready for the shootout showdown when Rebecchi scored the heart breaking goal for the Chinese, sending the Argentina bench into a frenzied celebration.
New Zealand is the beneficiary from today’s match. They finished in fourth place at the other Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament and needed Argentina to finish in the top-three to become the lucky loser of the fourth-place teams. China is still in relatively good position to make it to the 2014 Hockey World Cup with their high finish here in London, but their place in The Hague is not secure yet.
|June 30th, 2013 at 9:04 am||LONDON: Time to get down to business. A World Cup berth is on the line for China as they take on Argentina in 30 minutes time|
|June 30th, 2013 at 9:42 am||LONDON: Argentina and China are underway, doing battle for third place|
|June 30th, 2013 at 10:19 am||LONDON: At the half the teams have nothing to show for their efforts, score is still deadlocked at 0 between ARG and CHN|
|June 30th, 2013 at 10:21 am||LONDON: The next 35 minutes will determine China's World Cup' fate -- a win and they're in. A loss and they play the waiting game|
|June 30th, 2013 at 10:31 am||LONDON: Argentina's Rebecchi scores on a penalty corner goal to break the scoring silence and give Argentina the lead|
|June 30th, 2013 at 10:44 am||LONDON: China is right back in the hunt, they tie the game at one setting up an exciting last 20 minutes of action|
|June 30th, 2013 at 11:06 am||LONDON: Argentina wins a thriller of a game v. China, 3-2. This means New Zealand is into the 2014 Hockey World Cup|