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Samsung Women's Hockey World Cup

27th September 2006

12:00
Netherlands(2) 3 : 2 (0) India
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12:30
Korea(1) 2 : 1 (1) Japan
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14:00
Australia(1) 1 : 0 (0) South Africa
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14:30
China(1) 2 : 3 (2) England
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16:00
Spain(0) 1 : 0 (0) Germany
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18:00
Argentina(2) 2 : 1 (1) USA
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28th September 2006

14:00
Korea(0) 0 : 0 (0) South Africa
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16:00
Australia(2) 3 : 1 (1) USA
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18:00
Argentina(2) 3 : 2 (0) Japan
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29th September 2006

14:00
England(0) 0 : 1 (1) Netherlands
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16:00
China(0) 0 : 1 (1) Spain
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18:00
India(1) 2 : 3 (1) Germany
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30th September 2006

14:00
Korea(2) 3 : 4 (4) Australia
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16:00
USA(0) 0 : 0 (0) Japan
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18:00
South Africa(0) 2 : 2 (1) Argentina
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1st October 2006

12:00
Netherlands(1) 2 : 0 (0) Spain
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14:00
India(0) 1 : 1 (0) England
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16:00
Germany(0) 3 : 1 (0) China
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2nd October 2006

12:00
Japan(0) 0 : 0 (0) Australia
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14:00
South Africa(0) 1 : 3 (2) USA
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16:00
Argentina(2) 2 : 0 (0) Korea
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3rd October 2006

12:00
England(0) 1 : 0 (0) Germany
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14:00
China(0) 1 : 6 (2) Netherlands
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16:00
Spain(2) 3 : 2 (1) India
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4th October 2006

12:00
Netherlands(0) 0 : 0 (0) Germany
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12:30
South Africa(0) 0 : 3 (3) Japan
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14:00
India(0) 0 : 1 (1) China
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14:30
Korea(0) 0 : 1 (1) USA
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16:00
Spain(1) 1 : 1 (0) England
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18:00
Australia(2) 3 : 0 (0) Argentina
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6th October 2006

11:30
England(0) 0 : 2 (0) Japan
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JAPAN 2 (0) - (0) 0 ENGLAND
Kaori Chiba 42 (F)
Sakae Morimoto 62 (F)

A demoralised England will face a play-off for seventh place at the women's World Cup in Madrid after today's 2-0 defeat to Japan.

Having just missed out on the semi-finals after a midweek draw against the ultra-defensive hosts, they came up against similarly determined opponents in the classification crossover match.

Japan's Kaori Chiba scored in the 41st minute, and then Sakae Morimoto added a second eight minutes from time - and despite numerous chances, Danny Kerry's side could not find a response.

England exerted a lot of pressure early on, and Leicester defender Crista Cullen's 11th-minute penalty corner was tipped over by goalkeeper Ikuko Okamura.

Morimoto fired wide of the post from the top of the circle in the 20th minute - while at the other end Helen Grant just failed to control Rebecca Herbert's pass in front of goal.

Olton's Lucilla Wright's shot was turned away by Okamura four minutes before the interval - but it was Japan who finished the stronger.

Chelmsford goalkeeper Katy Roberts denied Keiko Miura's late penalty corner, before the same player then rounded the goalkeeper but could not get her shot off.

However, six minutes after the restart Japan stunned England who were caught napping as a quickly-taken long corner allowed Kaori Chiba to fire home.

Williams responded with a flick at goal which was batted away by Okamura as England picked up the tempo against a team who had started to close ranks.

Midway through the half, Wright's shot was saved by Okamura. But the Olton midfielder could not capitalise on the rebound, and the defence cleared.

Wright was denied again a minute later, and Doncaster's Jo Ellis put the loose ball over the crossbar.

A third Wright shot was saved, with Olton club-mate Rachel Walker firing the rebound over.

With nine minutes to go, Cullen was forced off injured after being hit by a raised free-hit - and almost immediately Japan scored the crucial second goal, Morimoto driving into the circle to score.

Kerry had said before the match he expected a gritty performance from the Japanese - and he was not surprised.

"Japan deserved their win. They definitely worked with a tenacity and intensity that we couldn't break down - and they took their chances clinically," he said.

"We played really well for the first 15-20 minutes, and a couple of things didn't go our way with penalty corners - and at this level those are the breaks you need.

"We had pressure on them for most of the match apart from 10 minutes or so just after half-time, and the majority of the game was played in their final third."

England will play the loser of the USA and Germany on Sunday (11am BST). But Kerry accepts it will be a difficult match for his players who, two days ago, were on the verge of a semi-final place.

"We have got some hard work to do," added Kerry, whose only `positive' was knowing his side will finish higher than their world ranking of nine.

"We have still finished at least one place above our world ranking, but it is pretty cruel at this level."

England: Roberts (gk), Wooding, Cullen, Clewlow, Richardson, Ellis (Ipswich), Walsh, Rogers, Walker, Danson, Williams. Substitutes: Wright, Walton, Grant, Herbert, Ellis (Doncaster). Did not play: Storry (gk), Bimson.

12:30
China(3) 4 : 0 (0) South Africa
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14:00
USA(0) 1 : 0 (0) Germany
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15:00
Korea(4) 4 : 1 (0) India
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16:30
Netherlands(1) 3 : 1 (0) Argentina
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19:00
Australia(0) 1 : 0 (0) Spain
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7th October 2006

16:30
Japan(0) 1 : 0 (0) USA
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18:00
South Africa(0) 0 : 1 (1) India
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19:00
China(0) 1 : 2 (2) Korea
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8th October 2006

12:00
England(2) 2 : 1 (0) Germany
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14:30
Argentina(3) 5 : 0 (0) Spain
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17:00
Netherlands(0) 3 : 1 (0) Australia
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