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Ahead of Thursday’s Quarter Finals, the FIH brings you a statistical look at the completed Pool phase of the Argentina Hockey Men’s Champions Challenge 1, which is currently taking place in Quilmes.

Pool phase by the numbers

4: The number of goals conceded by Malaysia in their three Pool A matches, the fewest conceded by any team in the Pool phase of the competition.

6: The number of penalty corners scored by Korea’s Jang Jong Hyun in the Pool phase, making him the tournament top scorer. Argentina’s Gonzalo Peillat is just one goal behind on 5, with all of his goals also coming from penalty corners. The leading open play scorers are Tengku Tajuddin Abdul Jalil (MAS), Marcin Lewartowski (POL) and Guillermo Schickendantz (ARG), who have all claimed 2 goals each so far.

9: The number of points earned by both Malaysia and Argentina en route to winning their respective Pools. Both teams finished the Pool phase with 100% winning records, giving them great confidence ahead of their Quarter Final matches on Thursday.

11: The number of goals conceded by Poland in their three Pool A matches, shipping more than any other opponent ahead of the Quarter Finals.  

12: The total number of goals scored by Malaysia in the Pool phase, more than any other team in the competition. Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim and Tengku Tajuddin Abdu Jalil have top scored for Malaysia, netting 4 and 3 respectively.  

36: The total number of disciplinary cards shown during the Pool phase of the competition. 26 Green Cards and 10 Yellow Cards were shown during the 12 pool matches, with Yellow Cards averaging at less than one a game.

63: The total number of goals in the tournament so far. Over the 12 matches, this is an average of over 5 goals a game. The most popular method of scoring has been from open play, with 33 field goals so far. 25 penalty corners have been scored, with 3 penalty strokes and 2 own goals. Malaysia and Poland are the only teams to have conceded own goals in the tournament so far.  

For more statistics from the Pool phase of the competition, please click here.

Thursday’s Quarter Final action begins at 0830 local time when Pool A winners Malaysia face South Africa, a team that finished fourth in Pool B. Japan (2nd Pool B) take on Korea (3rd Pool A) at 1130 before Poland (2nd Pool A) clash with Ireland (3rd Pool B) at 1430. The final match of the day is a Pan-American derby between host nation Argentina (1st Pool B) and Canada (4th Pool A), which begins at 1730. To see a complete list of fixtures for the tournament, please click here

You can keep up to speed on all the developments from the tournament on the FIH website, which will be regularly updated with the latest news, league tables and images.  The FIH will also be posting updates from the tournament to twitter via @FIH_Hockey, using the hashtag #championschallenge.