Day 1 roundup: FIH Hockey World Cup 2022, European Qualifiers 2021, Women, Pisa, Italy

Posted On 21/10/2021

Today, the 21st of October we started the FIH Hockey World Cup 2022, European Qualifiers 2021, Women, Pisa, Italy.  

Match 1: Russia v Belarus (1:7) 

Full game stats here: https://tms.fih.ch/matches/15462

After their win, Herman Kruis, Belarussian Head Coach: “It was a good game for us, but if we look in statistics of the first quarter, the teams were equal, but our team was more effective. Finally, the team scored two more goals and it was over. If we are looking further, Ireland and Italy teams are one of the strongest ones. We have a noticeably young team because some of the players are not available, but I am always telling everyone we must play with the team what we have now. Good feeling to be in semi-finals and still have a chance to qualify for Hockey World Cup.” 

Match 2: Ireland v France (4:1) 

Top-ranked side Ireland faced the bottom seeded team France 

Full game stats here: https://tms.fih.ch/matches/15463

Recent Olympian, Lena Tice, Irish player: “It was not an easy game, tough first half, but we happy with the results, France are a really good team. Our aim here is to get through one game at a time. The focus now is the semi-finals, and to win this and the final and go to Hockey World Cup.” 

Match 3: Scotland v Poland (3:0) 

Full game stats here: https://tms.fih.ch/matches/15464

Rebecca Condie, Scottish player: “We knew Poland was going to be tough. We played against them the last time in 2019, so we are familiar with them. but that was a couple of years ago now. We knew that we had to trust in our process and if we trusted the win would come. We wanted to start with simply great basics, and then build up the energy. We always trust in our penalty corners, and they delivered today which is fantastic to see. “ 

Match 4: Italy v Wales (0:1) 

Full game stats here: https://tms.fih.ch/matches/15465

Sian French, Welsh player: “We played against the home team, we saw them in EuroHockey Championship in summer, it’s a strong team. Our aim was to take this game and go to the semi-finals. Now as we are there, we hope to go further and finally go to play in the Hockey World Cup. “ 

Due to lighting issues, there are some changes to the games on Friday and Sunday: 

05 22 Oct 2021 13:30 FRA v RUS (5th-8th Place)
06 22 Oct 2021 16:00 ITA v POL (5th-8th Place)
07 23 Oct 2021 12:00 IRL v BLR (SF1)
08 23 Oct 2021 14:30 WAL v SCO (SF2)
09 24 Oct 2021 09:00 Loser M5 v Loser M6 (7th/8th Place)
10 24 Oct 2021 11:15 Winner M5 v Winner M6 (5th/6th Place)
11 24 Oct 2021 13:30 Loser SF1 v Loser SF2 (3rd/4th Place)
12 24 Oct 2021 16:00 Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 (Final)

More details about the event you can find here: https://tms.fih.ch/competitions/1360  

Games will be live-streamed on www.eurohockeytv.org 

Photograph: France v Ireland (EHF / World Sport pics)

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