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Australia became the first semi-finalist in Hockey World Cup 2023, defeating Spain 4-3

Australia became the first semi-finalist in Hockey World Cup 2023, defeating Spain 4-3

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The Australian team has reached the Hockey World Cup 2023 as the first semi-finalist team. Australia beat Spain 4-3 in the quarterfinal match. In this match, Spain started well and till the last minute of the second quarter, it was leading 2-0.

Bhubaneswar. Jeremy Hayward scored twice from a penalty corner as Australia cruised into the semi-finals of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup for the 12th consecutive time with a close 4-3 win over Spain, here on Tuesday. Australia won the World Cup in 1986, 2010 and 2014. They have made it to the semi-finals of every World Cup since 1978.

Spain captain Marc Miralles made a blunder in the quarter-finals that shattered the team’s hopes of progressing further. He failed to convert a penalty stroke four minutes before the final hooter. At that point Spain was trailing 3-4. Had he converted the penalty stroke, the match could have gone to a penalty shootout.

Australia will play the winner of Wednesday’s match between the Netherlands and South Korea in Friday’s semi-finals. Australia had lost in the semi-finals in 2018 to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout. Hayward converted penalty corners in the 33rd and 37th minutes. Apart from them, Flynn Ogilvie (30th) and captain Aran Zalewski (32nd) scored field goals for Australia.

Xavier Gispert (20th), Marc Ricksens (24th) and Marc Miralles (41st) scored for Spain. Spain was last ranked 13th. Spain started well and were leading 2–0 until the last minute of the second quarter. Australia, however, came back brilliantly after that. He stunned Spain by scoring four goals in eight minutes. Australia scored three in the third quarter while Spain scored one.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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