Day Three: The Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup

Japan
Japan grabbed a vital win on day three of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup as they defeated New Zealand to keep their quarter-final hopes alive.

Goals from Minami Shimizu and Shihori Oikawa set up the win before Australia and Belgium played out a 0-0 draw which throws pool D wide open.

Australia sit top with four points while New Zealand and Japan have three with Belgium fourth with one but still with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

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In the first game of the day Japan responded from their opening 3-2 defeat to Australia by beating New Zealand in an impressive display.

It was a tightly fought contest with the deadlock being broken shortly after half-time as Oikawa put Japan ahead from a penalty corner.

They were able to give themselves some breathing space early in the final quarter as well when Shimizu doubled the lead leaving New Zealand with plenty of work to do.

The Black Sticks did respond as Anita McLaren converted a penalty stroke but despite their best efforts were unable to grab and equaliser. The result throwing the pool wide open heading into the final round of matches.

Pool D was made tighter still as Australia and Belgium battled it out in 0-0 draw. Both sides creating chances but failing to edge meaning that all teams in the pool can still qualify for the quarter finals.

Australia and New Zealand go head to head in the Trans-Tasman derby while Japan and Belgium also go head to head on Saturday in what is sure to be a thrilling session on Saturday evening.