Following the completion of the pool phase, the quarter-final line-up for the women’s hockey competition at the Rio Games is now known.As in the men’s competition, the two highest ranked teams in the women’s game will meet in the quarter-final stage as the Pool A winners Netherlands face Argentina.
The contest between Netherlands and Argentina is a re-match of the London 2012 Olympic final, where the Netherlands took home the gold medal. More recently, Las Leonas defeated Oranje in the final of the Hockey Champions Trophy 2016, ensuring that the outcome will be difficult to predict. Pool B winners Great Britain will take on Pool A’s fourth-place finisher Spain in the last eight, while
The Quarter-Finals will also feature an Oceania derby match, with Pool A runners-up New Zealand going head to head with Pool B’s third placed team Australia.
The Quarter-Final matches will all take place on Monday 15th August, with New Zealand playing Australia at 10:00 Brasilia Time (GMT / UTC -3) before USA and Germany take to the field at 12:30. The Great Britain versus Spain match will start at 18:00, with Netherlands taking on Argentina at 20:30.
All twelve teams were in action on the final day of pool play at the Deodoro Hockey Centre. In Pool A, reigning Olympic and World champions the Netherlands (FIH Hero World Ranking: 1) claimed their fourth win in five matches by defeating Germany (WR: 9) 2-0. Open play efforts from Xan de Waard and Kitty van Male did the damage as Oranje ended Pool A at the top of the standings having claimed 13 of the 15 points available. The result left Die Danas third in the standings, but they would not know their final placement until the end of the day.
Spain (WR: 14) started their match against Korea (WR: 8) knowing that a victory would move them temporarily into the fourth Quarter-Final qualification position and would increase the pressure on China (WR: 6), who would then need to get at least a draw against in-form New Zealand (WR: 4) in the final Pool A match. A goal from Cheon Eunbi gave Korea a 1-0 lead against Spain at half time, but the Red Sticks hit back with three unanswered goals from Begoña Garcia, Lola
The pressure proved to be too much for China, who fell to a 3-0 defeat against New Zealand and ended up outside the crucial top four positions in the pool. Olivia Merry, Gemma
In Pool B, Argentina knew that they needed a result against India in order to keep alive their Olympic dream, and did just that with a top class performance to win 5-0. All five goals came in the second quarter, with Martina Cavallero scoring twice alongside strikes from Maria
Although the win sealed qualification, Argentina’s final position in Pool B would not be confirmed until the very last match of the day when Australia (WR: 3) took on Japan (WR: 10). Ahead of that encounter was the crucial contest between Great Britain (WR: 7) and USA (WR: 5) to decide who would take that all important first place finish and set up a match against the fourth-placed finisher from Pool A. A third quarter strike from Michelle Vitesse put the Pan American champions into the driving seat, but Great Britain turned the result in their favour thanks to goals from Sophie Bray and Alex Danson to earn a 2-1 win and force USA into a second place finish in Pool B.
The result of the final match in Pool B was significant, with Australia needing at least point against Japan in order to secure a third place finish in the pool and force Argentina into fourth place. Goals from Mariah Williams and Emily Smith gave the Hockeyroos a 2-0 victory over the Cherry Blossoms, meaning that they had avoided a meeting with Pool A winners the Netherlands, with Argentina now having to face the team that beat them to the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games Hockey (women) – Day 8Results
Pool ANetherlands 2, Germany 0; Korea 2, Spain 3; China 0, New Zealand 3.
Pool BArgentina 5, India 0; Great Britain 2, USA 1; Australia 2, Japan 0.
Quarter-Final Match Scheduleall times BRT (GMT / UTC -3)
15 August 201610:00 – New Zealand (2nd Pool A) v Australia (3rd Pool B)12:30 – USA (2nd Pool B) v Germany (3rd Pool A)18:00 – Great Britain 1st Pool B) v Spain (4th Pool A)20:30 – Netherlands (1st Pool A) v Argentina (4th Pool B)
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