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Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final - Women

Rotterdam, Netherlands - June 13-22, 2013
Local time is 10:34pm

Japan v Belgium

5th Place

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
June 22nd, 2013
22 5th Place 11:30am Japan JPN - BEL Belgium 3 - 1 (2 - 0) Final      

Match Review

Japan eased to fifth place in the World League semi-final in Rotterdam as they had too much in the tank for Belgium to keep themselves in the mix for potential World Cup qualification.

Close range goals from captain Rika Komazawa and Shiho Otsuka put them in a great position, both players getting on the end of right wing crosses despite Belgian defensive pressure.

Shihori Oikawa slapped in a third goal from a penalty corner in the 44th minute to extend the lead to 3-0. Belgium got one back with six minutes to go via Anouk Raes whose reverse-stick shot took a deflection to deceive Ryoko Oie.

But it was too late to change the course of the match despite plenty of late pressure and a couple of corners. The fifth place finish for Japan means that while they finish outside of the automatic World Cup qualification places, they will be hopeful of potentially taking a lucky loser slot for The Hague in 2014.

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Live Blogging
June 22nd, 2013 at 4:32 am Japan and Belgium contest the fifth place playoff in the second game of the final day of the World League semi-final
June 22nd, 2013 at 4:33 am Prior to the game, umpire Stella Bartelma is presented with a shield commemorating her career; this will be her final official game!
June 22nd, 2013 at 4:40 am Japan move ahead in the fourth minute, a lovely goal from Komazawa, touching home from a neat move, JPN 1 BEL 0
June 22nd, 2013 at 4:44 am Otsuka makes it 2-0 to Japan against Belgium with another close range touch, this time from Mitsuhashi's pass
June 22nd, 2013 at 5:12 am Japan holding sway over Belgium at half-time, leading 2-0 at the interval in Rotterdam
June 22nd, 2013 at 5:30 am It's now 3-0 to Japan as Oikawa sweeps home a penalty corner as they look in good shape edge out Belgium for fifth, 26mins to go
June 22nd, 2013 at 5:53 am In Rotterdam, Anouk Raes get one back for Belgium but they still trail Japan 3-1 with six minutes to go in the fifth place playoff
June 22nd, 2013 at 6:02 am In Rotterdam, Japan stay strong to win 3-1 against Belgium and claim fifth place from the World League semi-final
IND v CHI (7th Place) NZL v KOR (3rd Place)


Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pool A
Netherlands  NED 3 2 1 0 12 7
Korea  KOR 3 2 0 1 0 6
Japan  JPN 3 1 1 1 5 4
Chile  CHI 3 0 0 3 -17 0
Pool B
Germany  GER 3 3 0 0 10 9
New Zealand  NZL 3 2 0 1 8 6
Belgium  BEL 3 0 1 2 -5 1
India  IND 3 0 1 2 -13 1


Jun 22, 2013
IND India
Chile CHI
JPN Japan
Belgium BEL
NZL New Zealand
Korea KOR
NED Netherlands
Germany GER
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