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Australia secures top seed and Spain clinches last semifinal place at World Cup

Australia secures top seed and Spain clinches last semifinal place at World Cup

Australia will play Spain and the Netherlands will take on Argentina in the women's field hockey World Cup semifinals on Friday.
Australia beat Argentina 3-0 Wednesday to secure the top seeding in Pool B, while Spain had earlier clinched the last semifinal place in Pool A with a 1-1 draw against England.
The Netherlands and Germany drew 0-0, while China beat India 1-0 in Pool A's other matches.
In Pool B, the United States beat South Korea 1-0 to take third place and Japan beat South Africa 3-0.
Wendy Beattie had goals in the 10th and 29th minutes and Sarah Taylor scored in the 52nd as Australia finished first with 13 points, three ahead of defending champions Argentina.
Spain's Montserrat Cruz rounded goalkeeper Beth Storry before scoring from a wide angle to give the hosts the lead in the 10th 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.
"This group has been very hard work, and though we wanted to win from the start of the match, this was another difficult result," Spain coach Pablo Usoz said. "For Spanish hockey, this is an historic day."
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.
Germany, which finished seventh at the last World Cup, will meet the U.S. team on Friday after Kate Barber gave the Americans 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 : 2021-01-28 11:45 GMT+08:00