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Hockey WC Quarterfinal RACE: Australia with a thumping 9-2 win over SouthAfrica have confirmed their spot in the quarterfinals. Australia join Netherlands…

Hockey WC Quarterfinal RACE: Australia with a thumping 9-2 win over SouthAfrica have confirmed their spot in the quarterfinals. Australia join Netherlands and England in the QFs. However, 5 teams are still in fray including India. Top teams from each group will earn a direct QF spot. The second and third-placed teams in each group will go through Cross-Overs or pre-quarterfinal round. While Belgium have virtually sealed their spot in quarterfinals, they will have to depend on Germany vs Korea result. Follow Hockey World Cup 2023 LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN 

Teams who are in Quarterfinals:

  1. Australia
  2. Netherlands
  3. England

Hockey WC Quarterfinal RACE: England, Netherlands & Australia through, India and the REST fight for 5 remaining LAST 8 spots: Follow Hockey World CUP LIVE

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Teams that have qualified directly

So far only England and Netherlands have earned a direct qualification to the quarterfinal stage. Netherlands topped the Pool C with nine points on the board after the group stages. The Dutch men won all their three group matches and have dominated so far.

Meanwhile, England finished on top of Group D. They finished the group stages with 2 wins and a draw and secured 7 points. India too finished with the same numbers. However England managed to pip the hosts as they had a better goal difference.

Australia with a thumping 9-2 win over SouthAfrica have also sealed their QF spot.

Teams fighting for quarterfinal spots

  • Out of the 16 teams, while two teams qualified for the quarterfinals, teams like Wales and Chile are out of the tournament following dismal show in the group stage.
  • Currently 12 teams are in contention to seal the remaining six places in the last-8 stage of the World Cup.
  • Teams that have finished in the second and third spot in the group stages will be playing a cross-over match in order to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
  • With the teams in Pool C and Pool D having completed their group stages, the cross-over contest for the team in the group have been decided.

Cross-Overs 

  • India vs New Zealand
  • Spain vs Malaysia
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India vs New Zealand 

Hosts India missed the direct entry to the quarterfinal by a whisker. The team led by Harmanpreet Singh won two group matches, while their contest against England ended in a draw. They ended the group stages with 7 points on the board and equalled England’s tally however an inderior goal difference made them finish second in their pool. They will now face New Zealand in the cross-overs.

New Zealand didn’t have a great time in the group stages. They registered just a solitary victory and finished third in their pool behind Netherlands and Malaysia. They have now earned a spot in the cross-overs and will face a big challenge against India in order to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Spain vs Malaysia

Spain meanwhile secured the third spot in Pool D. They managed to register just a solitary victory in the group stages against Wales. The eighth ranked side in the world will now face Malaysia in order to seal a spot in the quarterfinals.

Malaysia have done well in the group stages. After losing their first group game 0-4 against Netherlands, they made a good comeback with a win against Chile. They also stunned a higher-ranked New Zealand with a 3-2 win. The Malaysians will aim to continue their good show against Spain in the cross-overs.

Teams still eyeing direct quarterfinal berth

Hockey WC Quarterfinal RACE: England, Netherlands through, India and the REST fight for 6 remaining LAST 8 spots: Follow Hockey World CUP LIVE
Hockey WC Quarterfinal RACE: England, Netherlands through, India and the REST fight for 6 remaining LAST 8 spots: Follow Hockey World CUP LIVE

Six teams will battle for two direct quarterfinal berth. The final group stage matches in Pool A and Pool B will decide the quarterfinalists. The teams in contention are Australia, Argentina, France, Belgium, Korea, Germany. The matches will be played on 20th January, Friday.

Pool A
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 2 1 1 0 11 3 8 4 QF
2  Argentina 2 1 1 0 4 3 1 4 Cross-Over
3  France 2 1 0 1 2 9 −7 3 Cross-Over
4  South Africa 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0 Classification
  • Australia are top of Group A with 4 points. Argentina are 2nd with 4 points but behind on goal difference.
  • The mighty Aussies are still favourites to seal the direct quarterfinal slot. They will face bottom-ranked South Africa in their kast group match.
  • For Argentina, it gets tricky. They will need to win and win by a big margin against France to surpass Australia’s goal-difference of 8.
  • Bottom-placed South Afria too are not entirely out of contention. They can still secure a spot in the cross-overs if they win against Australia.
  • If South Africa loses, France will earn spot in the cross-overs irrespective of their result against Argentina.
Hockey WC Quarterfinal RACE: England, Netherlands through, India and the REST fight for 6 remaining LAST 8 spots: Follow Hockey World CUP LIVE
Hockey WC Quarterfinal RACE: England, Netherlands through, India and the REST fight for 6 remaining LAST 8 spots: Follow Hockey World CUP LIVE
Pool B
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 2 1 1 0 7 2 5 4 QF
2  Germany 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 4 Cross-Over
3  South Korea 2 1 0 1 2 6 −4 3 Cross-Over
4  Japan 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0 Classification
  • Belgium are top of Pool B but their quarters spot is not final yet.
  • Belgium will face South Korean challenge in their last group match.
  • Germany meanwhile are in a good position to take the top spot.
  • They need to beat Japan by more a big margin and surpass Belgium’s goal difference.
  • SouthKorea will hope for a Japan loss to make it to the Cross-Overs.
  • Japan can still make it to the Cross-Overs if they beat Germany and surpass Korea’s GD.

Hockey WC Quarterfinal RACE: England, Netherlands through, India and the REST fight for 6 remaining LAST 8 spots: Follow Hockey World CUP LIVE

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