Day Eight: The Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup

Netherlands World Cup 2

Pool B

England recorded their first win at the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup as they beat Ireland 1-1 to secure second place in Pool B.

Giselle Ansley fired home a late penalty corner and the hosts will now face Korea in the crossovers on Tuesday night.

In the 5pm game in Pool B, India and the USA played out a tense, tightly contested draw. America, with their trademark high-energy, high-intensity approach, shaded the first half, going into the break 1-0 via a strike from Margaux Pollard. 

India had the better of the match from thereon. One minute into the second half, India captain, 23-year-old Rani, scored with a fierce strike at a short corner. America threw everything at their opponents in their quest for a winning goal but India coped admirably in defence. 

America’s cause was not helped by three second-half cards, and as the final whistle sounded, India players celebrated the 1-1 draw which confirmed their qualification for the crossovers. America, world ranked sixth, make their way home. 

Pool A

China exited the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in the group stage after a 1-1 draw with Korea before the Netherlands put on an irresistible show to beat Italy 12-1 to secure top spot in Pool A.

The free-scoring Dutch strolled into the quarter-finals while runners-up Italy and third-placed Korea advance to the cross-over games on Tuesday. 

After a period of early pressure from the Koreans that proved fruitless, Xiaoxue Zhang opened the scoring for China less than four minutes into the first quarter with a powerful backhand finish. 

Korea team manager Kim Yoon passionately directed his team from the dugout and his efforts paid off when Kim Ok Ju netted their first goal of the World Cup just before the first-quarter horn sounded.

The match assumed an end-to-end nature in the second-half. First, Jiaqi Zhong wasted a good opportunity just inside the Korean D before Seunga Park whipped a backhanded effort past the far post at the other end. 

In the second game of the early session, the Oranje recorded a resounding 12-1 defeat of Italy with Kitty van Male netting four goals.

The Italians had been resolute before meeting the Dutch – they were the only team yet to concede a goal in the tournament, whilst achieving a 100% record.

That run of defiance was broken 10 minutes into the game as Frederique Matla stretched to tap home and give the Dutch the lead before Caia van Maasakker doubled from a penalty corner.

Italy responded though and drew one goal back as Jasbeer Singh set for captain Chiara Tiddi who fired into the bottom corner.

From here on though it was one-way traffic. Matla and Jonker grabbed their second goals of the game in addition to strikes from Margot Van Geffen, two from Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel on her 200th appearance for the Dutch and four from Kitty Van Male. 

The Netherlands will be the team to beat in the quarterfinals – they are top scorers with 26 goals and their three top scorers collectively have more goals than every other team.