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Another ferocious penalty corner drag-flick from Peillat made it 4-3 at the start of the
fourth period, but it was France who had the last say when Francois Goyet deflected
home to seal an extraordinary 5-3 victory to move into the cross-over play-offs as
the second placed finisher in Pool A.
It’s really amazing, an incredible game for us”, said Odisha Player of the Match Hugo
Genestet after the match. “I think the first half was almost perfect, although we stepped
down a little bit after half time. They scored with one of the best drag flickers in the world,
but out fifth goal was really cool, arriving at a good moment. We know we can beat every
team in this competition, but 5-3 against the Olympic champion and to finish second in the
pool, it’s incredible.”
Despite the result, it was a milestone day for Argentina’s Agustin Mazzilli, who made his
200th senior international appearance for Los Leones.
On Friday, the final matches in Pool B will take place. Australia, already confirmed as
winners of this pool, take on undefeated China at 1700 hours and Ireland meet England
at 1900 hours.
China currently sit second in the pool with two points, while Ireland and England sit third
and fourth respectively, level on points but separated by goal difference. The pool winner
will earn a direct ticket to the quarter finals, while the teams that finish second and third will
go into the cross-over play-offs. The team that finishes fourth will be eliminated from the
competition.
Assessing Australia’s fine start at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Kookaburras
defender Matthew Swann – a member of the World Cup winning squads from Delhi 2010
and The Hague 2014 – said, “Two wins, we’re sitting pretty at the moment in our pool.
We’re happy with that but we know it’s a long road to go. There’s a lot of good competition
ahead of us. We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves. There’s a lot of work to do.
We’re hopefully going to keep building from the England game.”
Speaking ahead of his team’s head-to-head with Ireland, England co-captain George
Pinner said, “I was really pleased with large parts of our performance last match against
Australia. We stuck to the game plan and were very much in the game. The final score-line
(3-0 defeat) is frustrating but I think there are lots of positives for us to build on and take
into the final group game. The Ireland match is a big game, but we have been in this
position before. We will do everything we can to prepare properly both mentally and
physically to give ourselves the best chance of progressing.”
Ireland Head Coach Alexander Cox said, "The game against England is very important,
as it was always going to be, for both sides. We know what we need to do and are entirely
focused on that. We have nothing to lose against England."
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