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Spain clinch last semis place at World Cup

Spain clinches the last semifinal place at the women's field hockey World Cup with a 1-1 draw with England.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 10:53 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Spain clinched the last semifinal place at the women's field hockey World Cup on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw with England.

The Netherlands and Germany drew 0-0, while China beat India 1-0 in the Pool A's other matches.

The United States beat South Korea 1-0 to secure third place in Pool B, while Japan beat South Africa 3-0.

Spain's Montserrat Cruz rounded goalkeeper Beth Storry before scoring from a wide angle to give the hosts the lead in the 11th minute.

England had multiple chances in the second half before Mel Clewlow scored the equalizer off a penalty corner in the 65th.

With England pressing for the win in order to advance, Spanish goalkeeper Maria Jesus Rosa made several saves in a tense final minutes as Spain ensured second place in the group and what will be its highest finish at the championships, besting a fifth place finish from 1990.

Olympic champion Germany failed to convert two penalty corners right on full-time --Netherlands midfielder Maartje Goderie blocking a shot by Fanny Rinne from just inside the area.

Germany goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds made seven saves including three in the final minutes from the Netherlands' 12 shots.

The Netherlands was already assured of the top seeding in Pool A and will face the loser of the Pool B match between Australia and defending champion Argentina later.

Germany, which finished seventh at the last World Cup, will meet the U.

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 10:53 IST