All five continents will be part of this year´s mens and womens Hockey World Cup. South Africa will represent Africa. Representing The Americas, there are the USA women´s team, and both mens and womens from Argentina, former champions and actual favorites. Five nations for Asia, mens and womens from Korea, Japan, Malaysia, India, and China. Europe will send five representatives: Spain, Netherlands, England, Belgium, and Germany. And finally, for Oceania, New Zealand and Australia will add to complete this year´s Hockey World Cup.
Argentina played against England for the bronze medal at the 2014 Rabobank Men´s Hockey World Cup. Both teams showed similarities during the first half, but it was during the second 35 minutes that Matias Paredes gave Argentina the victory in only 2 minutes with 2 goals.
Neatherland got its 7th World Cup after defeating Australia in the final. The result was 2-0 over th Hockeyross under a full Kyocera Stadium with 15000 spectators. Neatherland´s performance was impeccable. They made it to the final undefeated and with only 1 goal against. If the world cup was not enough, the European team also received honors for best goal, best tournament player, and player with more goals. On the other hand, Australia received the award for best goal keeper.
Carlos Retgui got his second bronze medal during this world cup. This time thanks to the performance of the men´s selection who made it up on the podium for their first time in history. They made it due to 2 goals of Matias Paredes in just 2 minutes, to win 2.0 over England.
Argentina begun the Hockey World Cup with a win but not as expected. The Leonas confrontedSouth Africa, one of the few accessible opponents in the zone, whom showed a strong and resistant defense and a pressure position in the midfield. These made the Leonas struggle the first 25 minutes to score their first goal.
Argentinafinished on top 4-1 with scores from Silvina D´Lia (2), Noel Barrionuevo and Delfina Merino.
The combat for the bronze medal was between Argentina and the United States. At the 8th minute Luciana Aymar, captain of the Leonas, scored the opening goal. But this joy did not last too long because the American team tied the match 2 minutes later.
Twelve minutes after, at minute 22, “Lucha” scored the second and final goal of the match which gave Argentina the bronze medal.
Bronze medal for the Leonas. The Argentine women´s team went out to get the bronce after a devastating fall against Neatherland at semifinals. Even with an injury, Luciana Aymar scored 2 goals to give Argentina the victory and switch tears for smiles. The final result was 2-1 for Argentina against the American team who had 3 previous victories over the Leonas.
Australia beat Neatherland 6-1 and was crowned Champion. Former 2010 champion, Australia went out to try to defeat the last olimpyc champion, Neatherland. The match began pretty even, but Australia managed to score first and that was when the difference started. Australia´s great effectivness was the key to a wide superiority. Australia had among its members, the tournament best player and also the best sub21 player.
Argentina´s debut was against the local favorite and in front of 15,000 spectators all wearing orange. Both teams showed greatness and put on a fantastic match, but the Dutches showed superiority in ball possession and offense attacks that Argentina could not contain. Surprisingly, the first half finished 1-1, but during the second 35 minutes Neatherland grew stronger than Argentina and could change the scoreboard to a 3-1 victory at their home.
For the first time at a Hockey World Cup, there will be absolute comfort as the new Kyocera Stadium in the Neatherlands will provide new areas with restaurants, shops, and entertainment for the audience to enjoy between matches.
The Kyocera Stadium used to be a football stadium which was remodeled to make this years Hockey World Cup a unique and unforgettable experience.
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