On day two of the FIH Hockey Men’s Nations Cup South Africa 2022, all teams were successful in scoring.As the semifinals picture began to take shape, there were those who were happy and those who were depressed.With one pool match remaining, Korea, Ireland, and South Africa won both of their matches to advance to the semi-finals.In the meantime, Pakistan, Canada, and France cannot qualify after losing their first two games.
In both the men’s and women’s competitions, the FIH Hockey Nations Cup features the eight best teams in the world that do not compete in the FIH Hockey Pro League.The eight teams are divided into two pools of four, with the top two teams from each pool making it to the semi-finals and beyond.The team that finishes last in the FIH Hockey Pro League will be replaced the following year by the team that finishes first in the FIH Hockey Nations Cup.
Advertisement Malaysia’s comeback victory over Canada set up a final pool match against Japan, keeping their hopes of qualifying alive.Malaysia will join Korea as Pool B semifinalists if they win, while Japan will only need a draw due to their higher goal difference.
yet a mix of unfortunate getting done and fantastic keeping from Jehyeon Kim kept Korea in the game.By scoring through Jonghyun Jang and Sunghyun Kim on either side of the first quarter break, they paid for Japan’s missed opportunities.
Before the half, Takuma Niwa’s speculative shot through Jehyeon Kim’s legs gave Japan a lead. During the third quarter, the pace of the game significantly slowed down, with both teams pressing but not committing too many players to attack.
Korea took advantage of Japan’s penalty corner with one second left in the third quarter thanks to a flawless flick from Jonghyun Jang into the top corner once more.
Jang was named the match’s best player for his two outstanding goals, which made the difference between the two teams.
Came into the game as heavy favorites after their impressive victory over France yesterday.However, the first quarter demonstrated that none of the teams competing in the FIH Hockey Men’s Nations Cup 2022 have an advantage.At the start of the second quarter, Abdul Shahid scored with a smart finish to give Pakistan the lead, but Conor Empey scored for Ireland almost immediately after.
In the second half, both teams attempted to capitalize on attacking opportunities, but Pakistan was unable to do so, while Ireland scored two goals;the first was a beautiful team move with intricate passing that Benjamin Walker missed, and the second was a penalty corner by Shane O’Donoghue.Ireland won the game thanks to two goals in the second half, which gave them six points from two games so far.
In the 12th minute, France’s Corentin Sellier scored by burying a shot into the roof of the net after a brilliant move inside the circle to make room for himself.Within a minute, Tevin Kok received a precise long-range pass from Ryan Julius and was able to pass it to him. With a brilliant first touch, he was able to pass the ball past the advancing French keeper to level the score.