SA Hockey 2 Steps Away from Gold Medal

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Mon, 25/08/2014 - 08:08

In perhaps the biggest upset in the men’s hockey competition at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games, Canada beat Pakistan, 3-2 in a tense sudden death to make the semifinals at the Youth Olympic Games sports Park on Saturday. 

Both sides ended regulation time tied on seven goals apiece and Canada kept their cool to pip the pre-competition favourites
 

Both sides ended regulation time tied on seven goals apiece and Canada kept their cool to pip the pre-competition favourites Pakistan via a sudden-death play-off after regulation time and a shoot-out failed to provide a winner.

Muhammad Atiq (PAK) and Shan Irshad (PAK) failed to convert their chances in the sudden death clash for Pakistan and that gave Canada the opportunity to make the semifinal.

Vikram Sandhu (CAN) then took advantage of his opponent's lapses
 

Vikram Sandhu (CAN) then took advantage of his opponent's lapses to put Canada through to the semifinal. Canada will play Spain in the Semifinal on August 25. 

Spain beat Zambia, 10-1 in what turned out to be a one-sided encounter. Pol Parrilla Suarez (ESP) and Jan Lara Rosel (ESP) and Joan Fortuny Tarres (ESP) led Spain’s charge with braces each. 

Manuel Bordas I Fabregas (ESP), Llorenc Grau Piera (ESP), Pol Suarez Parrilla (ESP), and Castej de Gonzalez (ESP) scored one apiece.  

Australia, who have had a mixed YOG campaign so far, beat Mexico, 8-1 and South Africa beat New Zealand, 3-0 to claim the other semifinal spots. 

Women's Competition

In the women's competition, the Netherlands - the defending Youth Olympic Games champions - continued their unbeaten run at the Nanjing Games and qualified for the semifinals after thumping Germany 8-1 in the quarterfinal.

the Netherlands hit back with a vengeance after the initial setback

Germany’s captain, Luisa Hohenhivel (GER), gave her side an early lead and scored in the first minute of the match. But the Netherlands hit back with a vengeance after the initial setback.

They scored eight goals on the trot to end Germany’s chances of a medal. Frederique Matla (NED), Marijn Veen (NED), Maxime Kerstholt (NED) and Michelle Fillet (NED) scored two goals each for Netherlands.

Julieta Jankunas (ARG) scored a hattrick to help Argentina beat Uruguay, 9-0 to make the semifinals.

Trinchinetti (ARG) added two-more goals to the tally and Sofia Toccalino (ARG), Barbara DichiaraI Gentili (ARG) and Paula Maria Ortiz (ARG) scored one a piece.  The Netherlands will play Argentina in the women’s semifinal on August 24.

Zhang Xindan’s (CHN) hattrick helped China beat South Africa, 7-1 in the third match of the day. Zhang Lijia (CHN) added a brace. Chen Yang (CHN) and LI Hong (CHN) scored one each. 

A hat trick from Miki Kozuka (JPN) against New Zealand put them through to the Semifinals. Motomi Kawamura (JPN), Kanon Mori (JPN) and Moeka Tsubouchi (JPN) scored one a piece. China will play Japan in the other women’s semifinal on August 24.

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