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As the pool standings start to firm up we see the No. 10-ranked United States upset No. 7 China to top Pool B. A five-goal blanking and a hat trick from Katie O'Donnell have held the USA undefeated. Also playing today are South Africa and England (14:30 CET), as well as Germany and Argentina (16:00 CET).

 

WOMEN Pool B: China v United States 0-5 (0-3)

A hat-trick for Katie O'Donnell and an overall strong team performance left the USA sitting at the top of the table after their third pool B match. China,who had looked so composed in their earlier two matches were unable to deal with the ferocity or versatility of the USA attack and, on her 100th cap, Jackie Kintzer in the USA goal was a spectator for most of the game.

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WOMEN Pool B: South Africa v England 4-1 (2-0)

Sulette Damons marked her 150th international match with a brilliant back-hand strike as South Africa ended England's dreams of winning the Rabobank Hockey World Cup by taking a 4-1 victory in the GreenFields Stadium. Goals from Kathleen Taylor, Damons, Shelley Russell and Dirkie Chamberlain gave the world number 11 ranked team a stunning 4-1 over a side that sits eight places above them in the FIH World Rankings, with England's solitary goal coming from the stick of Nicola White 15 minutes from time. The result leaves England rooted to the bottom of Pool B, while South Africa claimed their first points of the tournament. 

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WOMEN Pool B: Germany v Argentina 0-3 (0-2)

Carlos Retegui had a good day at the office as his women's team joined the Argentina men's team at the top of their respective pools after beating Germany 3-0. Las Leonas still give the impression of a team that hasn't yet hit top gear, as they put in a workmanlike performance to overcome a German side that was hardworking, but lacked the flair necessary to pressure the Argentine defence. The one concern for the Argentine coach will be the early departure from the field of play by his star player Luciana Aymar, with an unspecified leg injury.

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