There are just three days left in the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 and today the women's 7-10th place classification matches take place. World-record goal scorer Pietie Coetzee finished her career off with her 282nd goal as South Africa finished 9th overall with a 2-0 win over Japan. Also playing today are Kore and Germany for 7/8th place while the men's semi-finals will also happen later in the day.
WOMEN 9/10th: Japan v South Africa 2-2 (0-0)
While the result was important for both teams, with Japan wanting to cement their spot as ninth-ranked team in the FIH World Rankings and South Africa seeking to rise as high up the finishing places as possible, in fact this game was all about one person. Pietie Coetzee was called into the South African squad at the last moment to replace the inured Lenise Marias, and it was the world's leading goal scorer who put the ball away in her last international to win the game for South Africa. This means that Coetzee finishes her international career with 282 goals from 287 international matches – a record that is unmatched in women's hockey.
In a press conference after the game, Coetzee said: "During the national anthem I had a million flashbacks and memories of to some good times but during the match my focus was on the game, I really thought nothing about it being my last international. Now, my immediate goal is to have two weeks off doing nothing. Long term I want to stay involved in hockey. I am already in coaching and I want to take that further."
WOMEN 7/8th: Korea v Germany 4-2 (2-0)
Korea won the 7/8 classification match by a 4-2 scoreline and will be delighted that they have finished ahead of their eighth ranking. For the German team this is certainly not how they expected their World Cup 2014 story to unfold. Die Danas finished eighth, after coming into the tournament as the sixth-ranked team, and with high hopes of a top six finish.
The match was a tough one for both teams, but it was the German side who started the stronger. Korea weathered an early period of domination by Die Danas and then struck with three well-taken goals. Germany mounted a spirited fightback, inspired by Julia Muller and Maike Stockel. With just a one goal cushion, Korea defended stoically against the German barrage of attacks, including a series of penalty corners in the last 10 minutes of the game, and then sealed the victory with a penalty corner goal with just four minutes left on the clock.
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