Portugal and Gibraltar to battle for last qualification place
Scotland secured its place in the Hockey World League Round Two after cruising to a 7-0 win against host Portugal today. With one day left in the tournament, Scotland has nine points, out of reach of the rest of the field.
What will be a battle on the last day of action is the game between Portugal and Gibraltar. Portugal sits in the standings with six points, while Gibraltar has five points. Essentially the winner of the game between the teams tomorrow will be qualified to the second round of the World League, while the loser will see their World League experience come to an end.
The early game tomorrow will feature Italy against Scotland. The Italians have had a disappointing outing in Lousada at the Round One event, getting just four points in their three games so far. The Italians have a very slim hope of jumping into second place, but they would need to beat Scotland – no small feat – and hope for a perfect outcome in the Portugal v. Gibraltar game to force all three teams to a tie on seven points.
Finishing at the bottom of the standings in the tournament is Morocco, which went winless in its four outings, but gained valuable experience at the event.Back