New Zealand produced their best performance of the tournament when they needed it most to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive on day eight of the women’s Samsung Hockey World Cup Qualifier in Rome.
After flirting with elimination from the World Cup race due to a series of indifferent performances during the tournament, the world number six was left in the high-pressure position of having to get a positive result out of their final round match against home team
The victory keeps the Black Sticks’ hopes of a World Cup berth alive via the 5-8 playoffs. They will face
In the meetings between the top two teams in each pool, today’s matches for those teams already qualified for the Samsung Hockey World Cup was mainly instructive in determining the finishing order (and semi final match-ups) at the completion of the round phase.
With World Cup berths already secured,
While both recorded identical three-goal victories,
The decisive moment in match came just after half time, with Ko Woon Oh given space on the right to find Kwang Min Ko who converted with a precise reverse stick deflection for a two-goal
In the other matches on day eight,
The other clash of the day was between
Thursday’s semi finals will feature
The classification matches for positions 8-12 will feature
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