Hockey World Cup 2023 kicked off on January 13, with the final scheduled for January 29. Hosted by India, the tournament is taking place at two different locations – the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela. So, let’s take a closer look at the important highlights of the tournament till now.
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World Cup Highlights: How many matches are being played in total?
The hockey tournament comprises a total of 44 matches, with 24 pool stage matches and the remaining 20 being either in the knockout rounds or the 9-16th classification round. Of the 16 teams set to compete in the tournament, five are former champions and one will be playing their maiden World Cup. This time, record four-time champions Pakistan failed to even qualify for the 15th edition of the Hockey World Cup.
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Hockey World Cup 2023: Semi-finals highlights
The semi-finals of the 2023 Hockey World Cup saw a clash of the titans with Germany, Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands each bringing their A-game. The first match-up between Australia and Germany was truly a nailbiter, with the Aussies going down in defeat after Niklas Wellen scored a goal in the 60th minute. In the second semi-final, Belgium took the Netherlands out of the tournament in a thrilling match that went to penalties.
Semi-final 1: Australia vs Germany
Result: Germany won 4-3
Semi-final 2: Belgium vs The Netherlands
Result: Belgium won in penalties 3-2 after the match was tied 2-2
Hockey World Cup 2023: Quarter-finals highlights
The quarterfinals for the Hockey World Cup 2023 are officially done and dusted and they have been quite eventful in more ways than one. Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany have all advanced to the semi-finals and are each one step closer to lifting the world cup. Here’s a lowdown of the results of each of the fixtures.
Match 1: Australia vs Spain
Result: Australia won 4-3
Match 2: Belgium vs New Zealand
Result: Belgium won 2-0
Match 3: Netherlands vs South Korea
Result: Netherlands won 5-0
Match 4: England vs Germany
Result: Germany won 4-3 in penalties after the match was tied 2-2.
Hockey World Cup 2023: Highlights of the classification round
While India was unfortunately knocked out of the tournament, the team decided to end their run in grand fashion. The host nations triumphed against Japan in a whopping 8-0 washout that became the talk of the town. Here’s a lowdown of the results of each of the fixtures.
Match 1: South Africa vs Malaysia
Result: South Africa won 6-3
Match 2: Wales vs France
Result: Wales won 2-1
Match 3: Chile vs Argentina
Result: Argentina won 8-0
Match 4: India vs Japan
Result: India won 8-0
Hockey World Cup 2023: Highlights of the crossover matches
The crossover matches this year could probably be renamed the round of penalty shootouts as three of the four matches were decided by penalties. Host nations India faced a heartbreaking defeat as they were knocked out of the tournament by the narrowest of margins (5-4) in penalties. The highlight fixture, however, has to be South Korea’s stunning defeat of Argentina, a match that saw both sides score 5 goals each.
Match 1: Malaysia vs Spain
Result: Spain won 4-3 in penalties after the match was tied 2-2
Match 2: India vs New Zealand
Result: New Zealand won 5-4 in penalties after the match was tied 3-3
Match 3: Argentina vs South Korea
Result: South Korea won 3-2 after the match was tied 5-5
Match 4: Germany vs France
Result: Germany won 5-1
Hockey World Cup 2023: Results of the group stage matches
As all the teams have played their first matches in the group stages, we also have a clearer idea of which countries will likely be advancing to the next round.
Pool A: results and scores
In Pool A, Australia is in a dominant position with 7 points. Here are the results of the week’s fixtures in Pool A.
Match 1: Argentina vs South Africa
Result: Australia won 1-0
Match 2: Australia vs France
Result: Australoa won 8-0
Match 3: France vs South Africa
Result: France won 3-2
Match 4: Argentina vs Australia
Result: Draw 3-3
Match 5: Australia vs South Africa
Result: Australia won 9-2
Match 6: France vs Argentina
Result: Draw 5-5
Pool B: results and scores
In Pool B, Belgium and Germany, both with 7 points are poised to advance to the next round. Here are the results of the week’s fixtures in Pool B.
Match 1: Belgium vs South Korea
Result: Belgium won 5-0
Match 2: Germany vs Japan
Result: Germany won 3-0
Match 3: South Korea vs Japan
Result: South Korea won 2-1
Match: 4 Germany vs Belgium
Result: Draw (2-2)
Match 5: Belgium vs Japan
Result: Belgium won 7-1
Match 6: South Korea vs Germany
Result: Germany won 2-7
Pool C: results and scores
The Netherlands aren’t just dominating Pool C, but their performance is currently the best of any country in any pool. The Dutch have won all three matches in their group and, as such, are on the top of the leaderboard with 9 points. Malaysia follows with 6 points.
Match 1: New Zealand vs Chile
Result: New Zealand won 3-1
Match 2: Netherlands vs Malaysia
Result: Netherlands won 4-0
Match 3: Malaysia vs Chile
Result: Malaysia won 3-2
Match 4: New Zealand vs Netherlands
Result: Netherlands won 4-0
Match 5: Malaysia vs New Zealand
Result: Malaysia won 3-2
Match 6: Netherlands vs Chile
Result: Netherlands won 14-0
Pool D: results and scores
In Pool D, both England and hosts India are on the top of the leaderboard. While both have 7 points each, England takes the top spot for scoring more and conceding a lesser number of goals.
Match 1: England vs Wales
Result: England won 5-0
Match 2: India vs Spain
Result: India won 2-0
Match 3: Spain vs Wales
Result: Spain won 5-1
Match 4: England vs India
Result: Draw (0-0)
Match 5: Spain vs England
Result: England win 4-0
Match 6: India vs Wales
Result: India win 4-2
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: India has unfortunately been knocked out of the tournament.
Answer: The Hockey World Cup 2023 final is on January 29.