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U.S. team beats Germany 1-0 at women's field hockey World Cup

U.S. team beats Germany 1-0 at women's field hockey World Cup

The United States beat Olympic champions Germany 1-0 Friday and can finish no lower than sixth at the women's field hockey World Cup _ its highest placing in 12 years.
Tiffany Snow scored in the 37th minute with a shot beyond diving goalkeeper Yvonne Frank after a centering pass from Kate Barber.
American goalkeeper Amy Tran had one of the best performances of the tournament. She stopped numerous shots from within the area, including a gloved save to deny Fanny Rinne in the 11th.
She denied Rinne twice more from penalty corners in the 51st and 52nd as Germany searched for an equalizer. Germany is one for 25 from penalty corners throughout the tournament.
"I'm sure when I watch the videos afterwards that I'll find I made some mistakes," Tran said. "But it's the first time I've played against Germany, so that's not a bad start."
Later Friday, the Netherlands faces defending champions Argentina and 2000 Olympic champions Australia plays Spain in the semifinals.
The U.S. team plays Japan _ which beat England 2-0 on goals by Kaori Chiba and Sakae Morimoto _ in the fifth-place final on Saturday with an automatic spot in next year's Champion's Trophy at stake.
Current Champions Trophy winners Germany takes on England in the seventh-place final.
"It's very frustrating to lose a third straight game 1-0," Germany coach Markus Weise said. "Even though I know it's my job to know, I still don't know what's wrong with my side."
U.S. coach Lee Bodimeade said it was his players' ability to contain Germany's midfield and perform well defensively as the reasons why he feels his team belongs with field hockey's elite.
"There is a sense of belonging, and it's a word we have used all along, and today that was the word," Bodimeade said. "For us to get that kind of result against quality opponents, to come away with a win is huge."
Also, China beat South Africa 4-0 and South Korea beat India 4-1 in the ninth-to-12th place semifinal.
Ye Ren, Bo Ma Yi, Zhen Sun and Chun Ling Tang scored for China.
Park Young-soon scored two goals and Park Mi-hyun Park and Kim Jung-hee added the others for South Korea. Binita Toppo scored for India in the 64th.


Updated : 2021-03-09 19:07 GMT+08:00