South Africa go down to France in final minutes

South Africa succumbed to a late strike from France’s Victor Charlet as they went down 2-1 in their FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup match in Bhubaneswar on Monday. The... Read more
South Africa go down to France in final minutes

South Africa succumbed to a late strike from France’s Victor Charlet as they went down 2-1 in their FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup match in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

The loss is South Africa’s second in as many games, leaving them bottom of Pool A with a single game remaining. SA started the World Cup with a 1-0 loss to Argentina on Friday.

The pool-topper of each group will automatically qualify for the playoffs, with the second and third-placed teams qualifying for the crossovers that will ultimately determine the remaining four quarter-finalists.

France opened the scoring early in the game when Charlet converted from a penalty corner. Both teams went close after, but it was Connor Beauchamp that fired South Africa level from a penalty corner of their own following a successful video referral.

The second half was contested as fiercely as the first, with Sam Mvimbi going closest for South Africa but it would be France and Charlet’s day as he scored his second in the final two minutes, from another penalty corner, to seal a 2-1 victory for France.

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