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Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

In the second quarterfinal match, Australia beat France 3-0 to register 17th World Cup wins. Now Australia will lock horns with winner of India vs Netherlands match in semis

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Hockey World Cup 2018, Argentina vs England
Argentina's Lucas Vila attempts a goal as England's goalkeeper George Pinner tackles during their quarterfinal match at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar. Photo: PTI

England stunned Rio Olympic champions Argentina 3-2 to book their place in the semi-finals of the 14th FIH Men's while world number one Australia beat France 3-0 to register 17th consecutive World Cup win. Now Australia will lock horns with the winner of India vs Netherlands quarterfinals.

Check Germany vs Belgium and India vs Netherlands quarterfinals LIVE score and match updates here

England, who conceded the lead in the 17th minute, staged a superb come back to make their third successive semi-final appearance in the history of the tournament. England scored three field goals through Barry Middleton (27th minute), Will Calnan (45th) and Harry Martin (49th), while Gonzalo Peillat (17th, 48th) struck both the goals for the losers at the

Argentina, the bronze medallist in 2014, had themselves to blame for the defeat as they missed chances galore and got into panic mode after conceding the third goal. Both Argentina and England were levelled 1-1 till 45th minutes but three goals in the last quarter changed the whole scenario. Will Calnan made it 2-1 for England before Peillat drew parity in the 48th minute. But a minute later Martin shocked the Los Leones with a field strike to hand England the decisive lead.

Earlier, realising that slow pace is not helping them, England raised their tempo and that paid dividends as they earned their first penalty corner in the 11th minute. Luke Taylor's effort from the resultant set piece earned them another penalty corner immediately but Argentina defended stoutly to keep their rivals at bay.

Argentina secured its first penalty corner in the 17th minute and drag-flick expert Peillat scored with a powerful flick to take the lead. While Argentina players were celebrating, England almost equalised with a brisk counter-attack only for David Condon to miss a sitter. Thereafter, the Los Leones surprisingly adopted a defensive approach and that worked in England's favour.

Mark Gleghorne's fine run down from the right flank and his subsequent cross was cleared by England defenders which laid in front of an unmarked Middleton, who slotted home with a powerful shot past goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi to level the scores. Buoyed by the equaliser, England went on the offensive but failed to get past Argentina's crowded defence.

Argentina, on the other hand, adopted a wait and watch policy to launch counter-attacks. But it was not to be as England striker Zachary Wallace made an impressive run into the Argentine circle and was brought down inside, which earned the Los Leones back-to-back penalty corners but they wasted both. In the last quarter, Argentina equalised through Peillat's penalty corner conversion before Martin struck a minute later with a field strike to hand England the unexpected winner. 

England will take on the winner of the match between Germany and Belgium in the semi-finals on Saturday.

 

Hockey World Cup 2018, Australia Hockey Team

highlights: Quarter Final 2: Australia vs France
 

Two-time defending champions Australia are well on course to create a rare history as they defeated France 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the men's World no.1 Australia scored all their goals from penalty corners through Jeremy Hayward (4th minute), Blake Govers (19th) and skipper Aran Zalewski (37th) at the However, the final scoreline was far from convincing from Australia's point of view, especially against a side which ranked lowest in the tournament at 20th.

The Frenchmen played good hockey in bits and pieces but were undone by the Kookaburras' vast experience and skills. Despite the loss, the Frenchmen would return home with pride, especially with the superb show here that includes a shocking win over Olympic champions Argentina in the pool stages. Australia will play the winner of Thursday's last quarter-final between India and Netherlands in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Four minutes into the match, Australia earned their first penalty corner when the ball found Francois Goyet's foot and Hayward made no mistake in converting the opportunity to hand his side the early lead. Australia continued to dominate the proceedings with repeated forays as the French defence found itself in shambles to keep the Kookaburras at bay. Soon after the start of the second quarter, Jake Whetton earned Australia its second penalty corner and Govers fully obliged by smashing his flick into the back of France's net to take a 2-0 lead.

Just at the stroke of half time, France earned their first penalty corner which they wasted as Australia went into the halfway break with a comfortable 2-0 lead. Seven minutes into the third quarter, Australia tripled their lead when Zalewski converted Kookaburras' third penalty corner with a variation. The Australians kept up the pressure on the France defence and secured another penalty corner in the 41st minute but this time they failed to make use of the chance. 

The final quarter witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between the two teams as France tried hard to forge a comeback into the match but the Australians defended in numbers to deny any inroads. The Kookaburras too tried to extend their lead over their less-fancied opponents but failed to create any real scoring opportunities. Australia eventually defended their 3-0 lead and now wait for a mouth-watering semi-final clash against either India or Netherlands.

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

The @Kookaburras sail smoothly into the Semi-Finals of the OHMWC 2018 and huddle up for their signature selfie before leaving the ground.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #AUSvFRA pic.twitter.com/LkhawgQNjW — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 12, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

The man of the moment! @HoareMikey strikes a pose with the match ball of #ARGvENG, which is also a memento of his 100th appearance with @EnglandHockey!#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/2ri8edN2EB — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 12, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

Here are the best photographs from the Quarter-Final encounter between @ArgFieldHockey & @EnglandHockey, which England won by a margin of 3-2 and made it through to the Semi-Finals. ALBUM: https://t.co/N0Rw3NTxXZ #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #AUSvFRA pic.twitter.com/kVBIUJ9XV9 — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 12, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

Danny Kerry strongly feels that his team were more attacking throughout the game and created more chances than @argfieldhockey. #ARGvENG #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/tEVf3NzyCP — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 12, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

.@MarkGleghorne is elated to make it to the Semi-Finals and acknowledges that they faced a worthy opponent in @ArgFieldHockey who did not make the match easy for them.#ARGvENG #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/2EPPFLuWw0 — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 12, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

Full Time: The Australia cruise into the Semi-Finals of the World Cup for a record 11th consecutive time as they continue to display their on-field brilliance to defeat France by 3-0 at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018. 

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

FINAL STATS | We won 54-46 possession, 23-17 circle pens, 6-4 shots, 3/5 to 0/1 PCs #HWC2018 #PrideOfTheKookas pic.twitter.com/wIPF0z8dsH — Kookaburras (@Kookaburras) December 12, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

AT FULL TIME: Australia beat France 3-0 to register 17th consecutive win in World Cup. 

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

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Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

52nd minute: France get hold of the ball after some 10 minutes by not able intercept at the sideline

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

The winner of this game will take on winner of India vs Netherlands quartefinals

First Published: Wed, December 12 2018. 15:47 IST

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: England stun Argentina 3-2 in first QF

In the second quarterfinal match, Australia beat France 3-0 to register 17th World Cup wins. Now Australia will lock horns with winner of India vs Netherlands match in semis

England stunned Rio Olympic champions Argentina 3-2 to book their place in the semi-finals of the 14th FIH Men's while world number one Australia beat France 3-0 to register 17th consecutive World Cup win. Now Australia will lock horns with the winner of India vs Netherlands quarterfinals.

Check Germany vs Belgium and India vs Netherlands quarterfinals LIVE score and match updates here

England, who conceded the lead in the 17th minute, staged a superb come back to make their third successive semi-final appearance in the history of the tournament. England scored three field goals through Barry Middleton (27th minute), Will Calnan (45th) and Harry Martin (49th), while Gonzalo Peillat (17th, 48th) struck both the goals for the losers at the

Argentina, the bronze medallist in 2014, had themselves to blame for the defeat as they missed chances galore and got into panic mode after conceding the third goal. Both Argentina and England were levelled 1-1 till 45th minutes but three goals in the last quarter changed the whole scenario. Will Calnan made it 2-1 for England before Peillat drew parity in the 48th minute. But a minute later Martin shocked the Los Leones with a field strike to hand England the decisive lead.

Earlier, realising that slow pace is not helping them, England raised their tempo and that paid dividends as they earned their first penalty corner in the 11th minute. Luke Taylor's effort from the resultant set piece earned them another penalty corner immediately but Argentina defended stoutly to keep their rivals at bay.

Argentina secured its first penalty corner in the 17th minute and drag-flick expert Peillat scored with a powerful flick to take the lead. While Argentina players were celebrating, England almost equalised with a brisk counter-attack only for David Condon to miss a sitter. Thereafter, the Los Leones surprisingly adopted a defensive approach and that worked in England's favour.

Mark Gleghorne's fine run down from the right flank and his subsequent cross was cleared by England defenders which laid in front of an unmarked Middleton, who slotted home with a powerful shot past goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi to level the scores. Buoyed by the equaliser, England went on the offensive but failed to get past Argentina's crowded defence.

Argentina, on the other hand, adopted a wait and watch policy to launch counter-attacks. But it was not to be as England striker Zachary Wallace made an impressive run into the Argentine circle and was brought down inside, which earned the Los Leones back-to-back penalty corners but they wasted both. In the last quarter, Argentina equalised through Peillat's penalty corner conversion before Martin struck a minute later with a field strike to hand England the unexpected winner. 

England will take on the winner of the match between Germany and Belgium in the semi-finals on Saturday.

 

Hockey World Cup 2018, Australia Hockey Team

highlights: Quarter Final 2: Australia vs France
 

Two-time defending champions Australia are well on course to create a rare history as they defeated France 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the men's World no.1 Australia scored all their goals from penalty corners through Jeremy Hayward (4th minute), Blake Govers (19th) and skipper Aran Zalewski (37th) at the However, the final scoreline was far from convincing from Australia's point of view, especially against a side which ranked lowest in the tournament at 20th.

The Frenchmen played good hockey in bits and pieces but were undone by the Kookaburras' vast experience and skills. Despite the loss, the Frenchmen would return home with pride, especially with the superb show here that includes a shocking win over Olympic champions Argentina in the pool stages. Australia will play the winner of Thursday's last quarter-final between India and Netherlands in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Four minutes into the match, Australia earned their first penalty corner when the ball found Francois Goyet's foot and Hayward made no mistake in converting the opportunity to hand his side the early lead. Australia continued to dominate the proceedings with repeated forays as the French defence found itself in shambles to keep the Kookaburras at bay. Soon after the start of the second quarter, Jake Whetton earned Australia its second penalty corner and Govers fully obliged by smashing his flick into the back of France's net to take a 2-0 lead.

Just at the stroke of half time, France earned their first penalty corner which they wasted as Australia went into the halfway break with a comfortable 2-0 lead. Seven minutes into the third quarter, Australia tripled their lead when Zalewski converted Kookaburras' third penalty corner with a variation. The Australians kept up the pressure on the France defence and secured another penalty corner in the 41st minute but this time they failed to make use of the chance. 

The final quarter witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between the two teams as France tried hard to forge a comeback into the match but the Australians defended in numbers to deny any inroads. The Kookaburras too tried to extend their lead over their less-fancied opponents but failed to create any real scoring opportunities. Australia eventually defended their 3-0 lead and now wait for a mouth-watering semi-final clash against either India or Netherlands.

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