16th July 2018: Day 2 and it was Pool B who were up for their second pool games here in Santander. Two games, two similar scorelines, but with the pool so tight England’s late goal v Germany could indeed prove to be the decisive one in their upcoming tie v Ireland.
Ireland v Belarus 3-1
The first game of the second day was a hotly contested one between Ireland and Belarus. A field goal from Belarus’ BATSIUKOVA in the second minute put the Belarussians ahead and it took until just before the first quarter break for BENALLAL for Ireland to level the score. KELLY put Ireland ahead in the 30th minute, but it was the final goal from PRATT in the 54th minute that had the fans on their feet! A textbook outlet from BURNS found PRATT and she patiently took her time to beat the keeper 1 v1. Ireland held there nerve v the 10 strong Belarus side, as BIRYLA had been shown a red card in the 58th minute (a second yellow of the game that was then upgraded to a red).
England v Germany 1-3
An impressive display from the Germans as they saw off a classy England side 3-1. However, it took until the 32nd minute for SIPPEL to open the scoring for Germany. Tempted to hit on the reverse as the ball popped onto her stick at the top of the D, she took her time to move the ball onto her open side and shot low and hard past the English keeper. NOLTE doubled the scoring in the 38th minute, an epic run, a shot and then she converted the rebound at close range. Germany’s 3rd goal came from a powerful shot from MANDEL in the 38th minute. England did claw back a goal in the 55th minute, a well-worked corner from HAMILTON. This goal could prove vital as it puts them ahead of Ireland before their final pool game, where they face each other for a place in the semi-final.
Ranking Pool B:
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