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Netherlands and Germany draw in early final day action

Netherlands and Germany draw in early final day action

The Netherlands and Germany drew 0-0 and Japan beat South Africa 3-0 on Wednesday in the last group round at the women's field hockey World Cup.
Germany goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds made seven saves _ including three in the final minutes _ from the Netherlands' 12 shots.
Germany, the Olympic champions, failed to convert two penalty corners right on fulltime _ Dutch midfielder Maartje Goderie blocking a shot by Fanny Rinne from just inside the area.
The Netherlands was already assured of the top seeding in Pool A and will face the loser of the Pool B match between Australia and Argentina later Wednesday.
"I don't care who we play," said forward Kim Lammers, the Netherlands' leading scorer with four goals. "Both are good teams, we've seen them both in World Cup qualifying several times and they're close teams _ so the best today will win."
Germany, which finished seventh at the last World Cup, can finish no higher than fifth.
"The task for today was to get rid of thinking about not reaching the semifinal," Germany coach Markus Weise said. "Today was kind of a training match. For us, it didn't matter what the outcome was."
Japan's Tomomi Komori scored in the third and 29th minutes and teammate Kaori Chiba added her fourth goal of the tournament from a penalty corner in the ninth.
It was Japan's first win in Pool B, leaving winless South Africa bottom of the group.
Later Wednesday in Pool A, Spain plays England with the second seeding at stake. In Pool B, the United States faces South Korea and India meets China.


Updated : 2021-05-11 16:41 GMT+08:00