These teams will try to make it to the finals of the Hockey World Cup 2023, know when the final match is
Bhubaneswar. The Hockey World Cup 2023 is now inching towards its final destination. The final match of the Hockey World Cup 2023 is to be played on 29 January. For this, the top four teams of the world Australia, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium have reached the semi-finals of the World Cup. Now the top two teams will get a chance to play the final match. The semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup will be played on January 27.
In such a situation, there is a possibility of a lot of excitement in the last four matches to be held here on Friday. World number one team Australia will face world number four Germany in the first semi-final, while defending champions Belgium will face two-time runners-up Netherlands in the second semi-final. Among these four teams, three-time champions and world number three Netherlands made it to the semi-finals with a huge 5-1 win over South Korea. Germany has won the World Cup twice but has reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2010.
His road to this point has not been easy. They had to play a crossover match after finishing second in their pool, while the other three semi-finalist teams made the quarter-finals directly. In the quarter-finals against England, Germany were trailing 0–2 at one stage but scored two goals in the last two minutes to take the match to a penalty shootout, winning 4–3.
Australia, who won the bronze medal last time around, will start as favorites to win against Germany in the semi-finals. But the tournament also proved that Australia are not invincible and Germany’s chances cannot be underestimated in any way. In the quarter-finals against Spain, Australia were trailing 0-2 at one stage but came back strongly in the third quarter to win the match 4-3.
Had the Spanish captain Marc Miralles converted the penalty stroke, the result of the match could have been different. Australia have so far scored the most nine goals from penalty corners. He has scored a total of 24 goals so far and is second only to the Netherlands (27). Australia’s penalty corner specialists Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers have been in fine form. Hayward has scored seven goals so far while Gowers has scored five. Germany will rely heavily on five-goal scorer Nicklas Wellen, along with captain Matt Grambusch and his younger brother Tom.
He will also be hoping for a good performance from penalty corner specialist Gonzalo Pellite. Australia, playing in the semi-finals for the 12th time in a row, will try to make it to the final for the fifth time in the last six World Cups. In the second semi-final, the Netherlands will try to make it to the final for the third time in a row, but they will face a tough test in front of Belgium. Defending champions and reigning Olympic gold medalists Belgium are in fine form. The Netherlands are yet to face a strong challenger in the tournament.
He won all three of his pool stage matches and then the quarterfinals with ease. The second semi-final will also see a contest between the oldest team and the youngest team in the tournament. Belgium have 11 players over the age of 30 while the Netherlands have eight under 25. Only two of his players are above 30 years of age.