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In a big day where points matter, the USA came out firing with a two-goal game from Kathleen Sharkey. Unites States commanded there way to a 4-1 win over Germany, while China edged South Africa, 4-3, with a late goal from Wang Mengyu. England put Argentina to the test but were unable to get the three points. Carla Rebecchi drained a late one to keep Argentina in check, winning 2-1 over England.

POOL STANDINGS

 

WOMEN Pool B: United States v. Germany 4-1 (1-0)

Team USA made it four wins out of four at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup to maintain their fairytale charge for the semi-finals with a crushing 4-1 victory over European Champions Germany. Kathleen Sharkey netted a brace with Caroline Nichols and Katie Reinprecht also on target as the lowest ranked team in Pool B produced another remarkable performance against supposedly superior opposition to move within touching distance of their first semi-final berth since the 1994 event in Dublin, Ireland. Tenth-ranked USA now sit proudly on ten points, and know that even if they are defeated in their final Pool B game against South Africa there is still a strong chance that they will compete for the medals.  

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WOMEN Pool B: England v. Argentina 1-2 (1-1)

A goal scored in the last second of the match meant that world number three England still have no points in this Hockey World Cup. It was a game that started so well for the team seeking to restore some pride, but eventually Argentine tenacity paid off. Speaking after the game, coach Jason Lee said that it was unlikely that his squad would have a worse hockey experience than the one they are currently going through.

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WOMEN Pool B: China v. South Africa 4-3 (2-0)

A last gasp goal from defender Wang Mengyu gave China a 4-3 win over South Africa, keeping alive their slim chances of claiming a place in the semi-finals of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. The result puts China onto seven points, three points behind both USA and Argentina, two teams that have a vastly superior goal differences to their Chinese rivals going into the final round of matches. China's hopes of reaching the semi-finals are now reliant on a massive victory over reigning World Champions Argentina and for USA to lose heavily against South Africa on Tuesday. Germany, South Africa and England are all out of the reckoning for the medal matches.  

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