Canada and New Zealand to maintain a perfect record after Day 2
Day 2 at the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires saw Canada walking away with a 3-0 victory over Austria putting them into a good position to reach a top four finish in pool B. Germany entered the stage with a fine 4-1 win against Spain.
Earlier, the Black Sticks had grabbed their second win thanks to a narrow 2-1 over Japan to remain top of pool A. The Netherlands started their HWL campaign with a 4-0 victory against Egypt.
On Saturday Korea are taking on the Netherlands with Japan playing Egypt in pool A. Pool B will see Germany face their rivals Austria with host nation Argentina meeting Canada.
Match 5: New Zealand v Japan 2-1 (2-0)
The Black Sticks grabbed their second win at the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires. Steve Edwards and Simon Child scored the goals in an entertaining afternoon match that was played in beautiful condition. As Korea are not playing today, New Zealand will remain top of pool A. The Samurais suffered their second defeat in Buenos Aires after losing the opening match 4-2 to Korea.
In today’s encounter, it took the world’s number 7 team just three minutes to get on the scoreboard. Steve Edwards (4’) scored after a brilliant interchange between Blair Tarrant and Arun Panchia. Team captain Simon Child (15’) doubled the lead from a penalty corner. Japan pulled one back through Kenji Kitazato (59’) who scored his second goal in this competition.
Match 6: Netherlands v Egypt 4-0 (1-0)
The Netherlands started their Argentina Hockey World League campaign with a 4-0 win over Egypt. The teams had never met before in an FIH competition.
The world’s number 20 kept the match open for quite some time but they eventually could not avoid the world’s number 2 getting the better of them, as Bob de Voogd (26’) finished a solo run with an unstoppable strike.
Egypt defended well to keep the Netherlands from scoring again soon after but the Dutch persevered and doubled the lead thanks to Seve van Ass (33’). Mink van der Weerden’s (51’) penalty corner goal and another strike by de Voogd (58’) sealed the 4-0 victory for the current Olympic and World Cup Silver medallists.
Match 7: Canada v Austria 3-0 (1-0)
Mark Pearson, Devohn Norohnha Teixiera and Matthew Sarmento were the goal scoring heroes for Canada in their encounter with Austria. The Maple Leafs walked away with a 3-0 victory putting them into a good position to reach a top four finish in pool B.
While Canada are unbeaten after two matches, Austria suffered their second defeat after losing 3-0 to Argentina on Wednesday. Mark Pearson opened the scoring on 29 minutes, firing home from the circle line, though this goal had to be confirmed by the video umpire.
Canada were the stronger side throughout the second half, adding two more goals. Devohn Norohnha Teixiera (44’) defeated the Austrian goalie in a one-on-one before
Matthew Sarmento finished a solo run with 30 seconds to play.
Match 8: Spain v Germany 1-4 (0-1)
The Olympic champions from Germany produced a fine 4-1 win over Spain in their first match in the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final. Germany took the lead through a penalty corner goal scored by Moritz Fürste (13’). The Spanish defense focussed on Christopher Zeller who laid the ball off for Fürste to flick.
The Olympic champions gained good control of the match but failed to add more goals in the first half. Germany dominated the third quarter, with goals from Linus Butt (36’), Mats Grambusch (38’) and Christopher Rühr (44’) extending the lead to 4-0.
The fourth quarter saw Spain fighting hard to get on the scoreboard. They managed to eventually break through the German defense when Alvaro Iglesias (56’) converted a penalty corner.