France and Japan beat the torrential down pour, thunder and lightning to secure their berths in the most important match of the BDO World Cup Qualifiers in Changzhou on Sunday, the fifth place playoff.
Whoever wins that match will be making the trip to Germany in September, while the loser will have four years of heartache before they can attempt to qualify for a berth in the next World Cup.
France did it the hard way against a determined Belgian side, who have had their fair share of near misses in recent years, playing 85 minutes of hockey before the dreaded penalty strokes had to separate the team's; France winning the shootout 4-2.
Japan did it a little easier by ending Ireland's dreams in regulation time, but the 2-1 win could have easily gone the other way had the Irish taken their chances, especially late on.
The four semi-finalists, who have already secured their place in Monchengladbach, didn't take to the field to play for their chance to be tournament champions as the down pour began shortly before the first semi final and did not cease for over three hours putting an early holt to day nine's action.
Earlier Canada and Malaysia ensured they wouldn't play for the wooden spoon with wins, relegating Egypt and China to battle it out as part of Saturday's extended action, with the England versus New Zealand (9:30am) and Korea versus Pakistan (12:00pm) semi finals to be played.
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