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Spain clinches last semifinal place World Cup

Spain clinches last semifinal place World Cup

Spain clinched the last semifinal place at the women's field hockey World Cup on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw with England.
The Netherlands and Germany drew 0-0, while China beat India 1-0 in the Pool A's other matches.
The United States beat South Korea 1-0 to secure third place in Pool B, while Japan beat South Africa 3-0.
Spain's Montserrat Cruz rounded goalkeeper Beth Storry before scoring from a wide angle to give the hosts the lead in the 11th minute.
England had multiple chances in the second half before Mel Clewlow scored the equalizer off a penalty corner in the 65th.
With England pressing for the win in order to advance, Spanish goalkeeper Maria Jesus Rosa made several saves in a tense final minutes as Spain ensured second place in the group and what will be its highest finish at the championships, besting a fifth place finish from 1990.
Olympic champion Germany failed to convert two penalty corners right on full-time _ Netherlands midfielder Maartje Goderie blocking a shot by Fanny Rinne from just inside the area.
Germany goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds made seven saves _ including three in the final minutes _ from the Netherlands' 12 shots.
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 defending champion Argentina later.
Germany, which finished seventh at the last World Cup, will meet the U.S. on Friday.
"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."
Kate Barber gave the U.S. its second consecutive win with her first goal of the tournament against South Korea.
The American captain collected a centering pass from winger Angie Lloyd in the 30th before spinning to five meters (yards) from goal and firing into the top left corner.
"This is the first part of what we were hoping to achieve, but now we want a top-six finish," U.S. coach Lee Bodimeade said.
South Korea will face India after it finished fifth in the group on four points.
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, putting it fourth in the group on five points and pitting it against England on Friday.
Winless South Africa will face China after it finished fifth in Pool A on Bao Rong's 25th-minute winner against India.


Updated : 2021-01-21 20:33 GMT+08:00