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Home countries men’s World Cup Semi-Finals campaign in full flow

Last night, Thursday (15th of June) both England and Scotland men’s hockey teams were up against their first challengers on their road to the World Cup.

England played China whilst Scotland faced hockey giants India.

The series of matches over the weekend determines who will go through to the Hockey World Cup next year, held in Bhubaneswar, India, between 24th of November and 16th of December.

Both matches were highly contested, and a testament to international hockey.

England vs China | 2-0

England are hosting their leg of the World Cup semi Finals at the Lee Valley Tennis and Hockey Club, in London. Their opening match saw them playing a rising international force, China.  The English team featured many of the Great British men who won the Azlan Cup in April.

The home team wanted to make an impact from the start, hoping for a positive start to their World Cup campaign. They certainly did that, with Barry Middleton scoring the first in the 11th minute, making his 380th international appearance; a colossal achievement in itself.  He then won the English side a penalty stroke, where Mark Gleghorne netted.

England continued to grow with confidence, but the game ended with the comfortable 2-0 victory for the home team.

They will be able to progress onto the next challenge with confidence brimming as they face Malaysia on Saturday June 17th at 4pm.

England London World Cup 2018 Semi Finals Fixtures:

  • 17 June – Malaysia (4pm)
  • 18 June – Argentina (4pm)
  • 20 June – Korea (8pm)
  • 22 June – Quarter finals day
  • 24 June – Semi finals day
  • 25 June – Finals day

Scotland vs India | 4-1

Scotland showed a courageous display against a dominant India last night in London, holding them 1-0 up into the second half of the game.

Goal scorer, Chris Grassick, was the man of the moment during the first quarter, where he opened up the game with a slick goal early on. A great moment for him after enduring 11 months of rehab after two knee operations to be back on the astro representing his country.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be Scotland’s day as the third quarter proved catastrophic for the Blue Sticks as India scored 4 goals in quick succession.

However, heads are held high as the positivity flows, despite the score line, as there were many good points to build on going forward into their next match in the group stages against a strong Dutch team at 6pm on the 17th of June.

The below infographic swiftly outlines the drama that unfolded in the Scotland vs India game:

india-scotland-world-cup

Scotland’s Pool B London World Cup 2018 Semi Finals Fixtures:

  • 17 June –  Netherlands 18:00
  • 19 June –  Pakistan 12:00
  • 20 June –  Canada 12:00
  • 22 June – Quarter finals day
  • 24 June – Semi finals day
  • 25 June – Finals day

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