|July 4th, 2013|
|14||Quarterfinal||5:00pm||ENG - JPN||5 - 0 (2 - 0)||Final||x 8|
England - Japan 5-0 (2-0)
England have guaranteed their place at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup by defeating Japan 5-0 in the Semi Finals at the Hockey World League Semi Final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The result sets up a meeting with Argentina, who defeated South Africa 2-0 in the first Quarter Final of the day.
The team coached by Bobby Crutchley sealed a berth at the 2014 event by virtue of a “worst case scenario” fourth place finish here in Johor. It is already known that at least one of the two fourth placed teams in the Hockey World League Semi Final stage will qualify for the World Cup. As England’s World Ranking (4) is higher than that of New Zealand (6), the fourth placed finishers in Rotterdam, England’s safe passage is assured.
England started the brighter of the two teams and could easily have been ahead inside the first ten minutes. Richard Smith had the best of the early chances, but sent his penalty corner drag-flick sailing over the crossbar. Japan struggled to get out of their own territory for long periods, and eventually the pressure told when England’s hard running forced a defensive error and the game’s opening goal. Simon Mantell was the creator, stealing possession on the backline before providing the perfect pass for the onrushing Mark Gleghorne, who slammed the ball into the goal from nine metres out.
The Europeans added to their tally three minutes later thanks to a glorious penalty corner routine, with Barry Middleton sliding in at the right post to guide a pin-point pass from Ashley Jackson into the roof of the net.
In the second half it was more of the same from England, who quickly moved the score-board onto 4-0 courtesy of goals in the 44th and 48th minutes through Harry Martin and Simon Mantell. Both were beautiful backhand efforts, with Martin’s strike finding the top right corner before Mantell cracked a shot just inside the left post.
England continued to assert their authority on the match and completed the scoring through Dan Fox, who hit a perfect penalty corner strike in the 56th minute that hit the very top of the backboard in the 56th minute.
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:04 am||JOHOR - England v Japan Quarter Final is coming right up... live streaming here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YImHDJzEQI|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:05 am||JOHOR - England v Japan - the anthems are done, and the match is ready to go.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:05 am||JOHOR - ENG v JPN - Match underway|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:19 am||JOHOR - ENG 0-0 JPN - 12 mins: England have had the better of the early stages ... Richard Smith fired over from a penalty corner|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:23 am||JOHOR - ENG 0-0 JPN - 17 mins: approaching the midpoint of this first half, and it remains goal-less. England are on top|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:26 am||JOHOR - ENG 1-0 JPN - 20 mins: One-nil to England! Gleghorne slams home after a perfect set-up from Simon Mantell. It has been coming.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:29 am||JOHOR - ENG 2-0 JPN - 23 mins: Barry Middleton deflects home an Ashley Jackson penalty corner. England look very strong here.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:37 am||JOHOR - ENG 2-0 JPN - 29 mins: Japan defender Ippei Ono sustains an injury and limps off. Hopefully nothing too serious|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:42 am||JOHOR - ENG 2-0 JPN - 34 mins: Manabu Hatakeyama is shown a yellow card - five minutes in the sin bin.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 4:43 am||JOHOR - ENG 2-0 JPN - 35 mins: HALF TIME. England deservedly lead this one, and look good for a spot in the Semi Finals.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 5:07 am||JOHOR - ENG 3-0 JPN - 44 mins: Harry Martin lashes home a third, cracking a shot into the top corner. Awesome stuff.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 5:07 am||JOHOR - ENG 4-0 JPN - 48 mins: Simon Mantell gets in on the act, netting a fine backhand effort. England are running riot.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 5:17 am||JOHOR - ENG 5-0 JPN - 56 mins: Dan Fox makes it five! A perfect penalty corner strike hits the top of the backboard.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 5:27 am||JOHOR - ENG 5-0 JPN - 67 mins: Three minutes to go, and this game is as good as over. Excellent performance from England.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 5:29 am||JOHOR - ENG 5-0 JPN - Full time. England win the match and reach the semi finals...|
|July 04th, 2013 at 5:30 am||JOHOR - ENG 5-0 JPN - Full time. The good news is that England have now guaranteed a berth at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup...|
|July 04th, 2013 at 5:31 am||JOHOR - ENG 5-0 JPN: At worst, England will finish fourth here in Johor, but a higher ranking than NZL (4th in Rotterdam) ...|
|July 04th, 2013 at 5:32 am||JOHOR - ENG 5-0 JPN: ... means that they will be heading to The Hague next year. Congratulations to them|