England and Australia have become the first nations to reach the International Hockey Federations Men’s World Cup Semi-Finals this year. Both teams managed to get through with victories over Argentina and France during the last eight, with England earning a stunning with against the Olympic champions in the Kalinga Stadium.
In the first match of the day, England claimed a 3-2 victory over the Rio gold medallists thanks to a fourth quarter win from Harry Martin, and the team will now be facing either Belgium or Germany in the last-semi final of the event. The opening stages of the first quarter were slow, although England showed promise from the start. Argentina took the lead at the start of the second quarter thanks to a penalty corner of their own.
Gonzalo Peillat took another score with seemingly low effort that George Pinner of the English side was unable to keep out of the net. England then levelled the score just before half time thanks to a strike into the bottom left corner from 34-year-old Barry Middleton after a run into the circle from man of the match Liam Anseil.
The English then took the lead during the third quarter thanks to an aerial pass from Middleton got past the Argentinian defence, which allowed Will Calnan to drill a shot past Juan Vivaldi.
The last few minutes saw Argentina have a penalty kick overturned, that kept the score at 2-2, which was changed a minute later from the resultant penalty corner.
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