Hosts Argentina victorious but finish second on goal difference
POOL B: Australia's Hockeyroos and Argentina's Las Leonas were both convincing winners in their Pool B matches on Tuesday evening, defeating New Zealand and China respectively. Australia's 5-1 win over New Zealand proved to be enough for them to finish top of Pool B ahead of Argentina thanks to a superior goal-difference.
More information about the matches can be found below.
Match 11: Hockeyroos too strong for Black Sticks
Australia's Hockeyroos emerged triumphant in a typically feisty Oceania derby match, powering to an impressive 5-1 triumph over New Zealand at the Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucuman.
The result means that New Zealand have finished 4th in Pool B, and will play Pool A winners the Netherlands in Thursday's quarter-finals. Australia moved temporarily to the top of Pool B, but will have to wait until the conclusion of the Argentina versus China match before knowing whether they finish in first or second place.
New Zealand shot-stopper Sally Rutherford was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early stages of a mesmerising first half, making three solid saves before the pressure eventually told when Georgie Parker forced home from close range.
New Zealand hit back almost immediately when Anita Punt sent a penalty corner drag-flick into a crowded goal-mouth, with Petrea Webster being credited with a touch for the leveller.
Ashley Nelson restored Australia's lead in the 22nd minute, and a fine goal it was too. A cross into the circle from the left took a huge deflection, only for Nelson to show incredible reactions to guide the chest-high ball into the bottom left corner.
Kayla Sharland almost levelled the scores with a brilliant tomahawk strike following a saved penalty corner effort, but Teneal Attard produced a miraculous overhead stick save to deny a certain goal.
The second half started in much the same vain as the first period, with the play racing from one end of the field to the other at break-neck speed. However, a fierce strike from Kellie White in the 42nd minute took the score to 3-1 and giving the Australians some breathing space.
The scoring was completed by a Jodie Schultz penalty corner drag-flick and a second for White, who cracked a stunning backhand shot into the top right corner to round off a memorable evening for the Hockeyroos.
Match 12: Argentina defeat China to take second
Las Leonas have secured a second place finish in Pool B thanks to a 3-1 victory over China. The result means that Las Leonas will face Korea, third place finishers in Pool A, in Thursday's quarter-finals.
Argentina, who were watched by yet another sell-out crowd here in Tucuman, were hugely impressive in the opening stages of the game. However, it was China who made the first dent on the score-board when a high-speed counter attack was finished off by a superb back-hand strike from Wu Mengrong in the 13th minute.
Las Leonas needed just four minutes to find an equaliser, with Agustina Albertarrio levelling the scores from open play. Luciana Aymar was the creator, producing a moment of magic to beat a defender along the back-line before providing a perfect pass for the 20-year-old to fire home.
A minute after the equaliser, Argentina's Carla Rebecchi had a goal ruled out for dangerous play, although Las Leonas did not have to wait too long for a second thanks to a smart deflection from Rosario Luchetti.
Argentina - and Aymar in particular - produced some sensational hockey in the second half, and added a third goal through a Delfina Merino penalty corner conversion. The final score-line of 3-1 could easily have been bigger, but China certainly gave a good showing of themselves against the reigning world champions.
Argentina's Florencia Habif reached a personal milestone in the match, who at the tender age of 20 was playing her 50th senior international game.Back