Day 4 #JHWC2016 Ger bt Jpn 6-1, Bel bt Neth 3-2, Malaysia bt Egypt 2-0, Esp draw NZ 3-3Click To TweetLucknow: On the fourth day of the Junior Hockey World Cup 2016, Belgium, Germany and Malaysia were winners in their respective matches, while Spain played out a draw against New Zealand at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
In the opening match of the day, six-time winners and defending champions Germany thrashed Japan 6-1 in a Pool C encounter. With three wins from as many games, Germany topped Pool C and will take on Pool D runners up in the quarterfinals.
The second match of the day turned out to be a close contest as Belgium edged out Netherlands 3-2 in a Pool B game.With today’s win Belgium moved to the top of the pool with six points from two matches.
In another Pool B, last minute entrant Malaysia beat Egypt 2-0 to keep their hopes alive. In their opening match Malaysia were comprehensively beaten 7-2 by Netherlands.
In the last match of the day Spain played out a 3-3 draw with New Zealand. Both Spain and New Zealand finished with four points from three matches. However, the European side advanced to the quarter-finals on the basis of superior goal difference.
Brief Scores of Day 4:
Germany 6 (Anton Boeckel 25′ and 39′, Constantin Staib 3′, Ole Thies Prinz 54′, Timm Herzbruch 58′, Lukas Windfeder 63′) beat Japan 1 (Ryo Ozawa 67′).
Belgium 3 (Thomas Verheijen 48′, Quentin van Lierde 56′, Henri Raes 9′) beat Netherlands 2 (Terrance Pieters 38′, Bram van Groesen 64′)
Malaysia 2 (Zulhamizan Mohamad 13′, Khaliq Hamirin 61′) beat Egypt 0
Spain 3 (Llorenc Piera Grau 21′, Enrique Gonzalez de Castejon 62′, Jan Lara Rosell 69′) draw New Zealand 3 (Sam Hiha 44′, Jonty Keaney 59′, Dylan Thomas 66′)