Argentina, Germany compete semi-final line-up of HWL Final 2017

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By: PTI | Bhubaneswar |
Published: December 7, 2017 11:12 pm


Argentina scored through field strikes and a penalty stroke to eke out their very first gain of the event. (Supply: PTI)

Olympic champions Argentina edged past England 3-2 although Germany defeated Netherlands in the shoot-out to turn out to be the past two teams to qualify for the semi-finals of the Hockey Globe League (HWL).

In the very first quarter-ultimate of the working day, Argentina, who finished 3rd in Pool A with just one position, scored through field strikes from Lucas Villa (21st minute), skipper Mattias Paredes (29th) and a penalty stroke conversion by Juan Gillardi (34th) to eke out their very first gain of the event.

For England, David Condon (29th) and Adam Dixon (60th) found the net but that was not ample to sail them via at a complete residence Kalinga Stadium.

Later on in the working day, earth selection five Germany bought the superior of European champions Netherlands 4-3 in the shoot-out after the two teams had been locked 3-3 at the close of regulation time in the thrilling past quarter-ultimate duel.

The very first quarter belonged to the Germans who took the lead in the 12th minute via a area aim by Julius Meyer before the Dutchmen created a valiant fightback in the up coming 15 minutes to rating two targets in a span of 7 minutes to adjust the scoreline.

Mirco Pruijser (21st) and Bjorn Kellerman scored two fantastic area targets to reverse the scoreline at half time.

It was a hard-fought, close-to-close contest between the two teams as the script adjusted in the 3rd quarter once more when Florian Fuchs (34th) and Constatin Staib (41st) struck from area attempts to hand Germany a 3-2 guide.

Trailing by a aim, the Netherlands went all out attacking in the fourth quarter and mounted a series of raids on the opposition citadel and in the approach attained as many as a few penalty corners in the past 7 minutes but the German defence stood like a rock to hold on to their trim guide.

But there was however some drama in retail store as Pruijser sounded the board just 25 seconds from the hooter to draw parity for the Netherlands and consider the match into the shoot-
out.

In the shoot-out, the Germans showed their prowess and retained a relaxed head to occur out on best.

Though India and Argentina will lock horns in the first semi-ultimate tomorrow, Germany will engage in earth champions Australia in the next past-four sport on Saturday.

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