Bhubaneswar : , Malaysia displayed a remarkable defensive display to cause a huge display.They held strong contenders Belgium to a draw despite six-time champions Germany and Netherlands winning their second victories.
France joined them in the quarter-finals at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup.The third day was action-packed.South Africa and Korea won their matches to keep their chances of reaching the knockout phase.
Malaysia won the honours on Day 3.They showed a lion-hearted effort in holding Belgium.Goalkeeper Shamir Shamsul produced a Player of The Match performance to earn his team a valuable point in their quest to reach the quarter-finals.
Both teams now have four points.South Africa is one point ahead going into the final round.
Belgium was dominant, but they fell behind at the half-time break when Amirul Azahar scored a penalty corner rebound.The Europeans had a long wait for the fourth quarter to restore parity.
Thibeau Stockbroekx scored a brilliant penalty corner goal – the only time they were able to beat Shamsul – to ensure that the points were evenly shared.
Dylan Englebert, Belgium captain, stated that he wanted to win the game.
They defended very well, although it was not an easy match.Their keeper played a great game and they defended well.
We may have had a little luck at the end.We were happy to be back at 1-1 but we wanted that last goal, but it didn’t happen today.We have a little time left to prepare for the next game against Chile, so we are focusing on that right now.
The Netherlands won a second consecutive victory thanks to a dramatic penalty corner by Miles Bukkens.They beat Spain 3-2 to secure their passage to the quarter-finals.The Dutch took a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to Guus Jansen’s goals, while Spain pulled even in the third quarter with Borja Lacalle (and Pau Cunill) scoring.
With just one minute remaining in the match, Bukkens won the match and gave the Netherlands six points after their first two matches in Bhubaneswar.
Germany won a Pool D match 3-2 over Argentina to secure a place in quarter-finals.
Mateo Poljaric, team captain Benedikt Schwarzhaupt, gave Germany, six-time Junior World Cup Champions, a two goal lead before Bruno Stellato’s penalty corner cut down the deficit to half-way through the third quarter.Franco Agostini gave life to Argentina’s chances by giving them a boost.
Hannes Muller restored the two goal cushion at quarter-time.It was not to be.Argentina had to beat Pakistan in their final pool match in order to secure their place in the next eight.
South Africa’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition in Pool A were still alive.
They bounced back from Wednesday’s defeat to Belgium to win a convincing 5-1 victory over Chile.South Africa faces Malaysia on Saturday, knowing that a win could be enough to secure a place in the final eight.
South Africa took a 1-0 lead with Idrees Abdulla’s goal early in the game.They did not increase their advantage until six minutes into the final quarter, when Peter Jarvis doubled the advantage.
Chile responded almost immediately to Aguastin Amoso’s penalty corner.However, strikes from Cameron le Forestier (2) Jacques van Tonder made the difference.
Korea lost their Pool C match 12-5 to South Africa.However, they showed great character to win 5-1 over the USA and keep their hopes alive for a quarter-final spot.
The Koreans led with goals from Lee Seungwoo and Jeong Jun Seong in the first half.Hwang Gyudong’s second quarter double was split by Wyatt Katz’s field goal.
Korea must defeat Spain in their final pool match in order to be guaranteed a place in competition knock-out phase.
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