England has the 4th quarter to find the equaliser. After brilliant saves, England's Pinner will be disappointed at being beaten from a top of the circle shot. Though it was deflected in. The Netherlands lead 1-0.
Third quarter almost has the feel of a Yo-Yo. Back and forth go Netherlands and England. The search for the opening goal is on. And Netherlands get their 3rd PC. Yellow card to England's Liam Sanford. But the flick is wide.
The Netherlands coach Max Caldas would be slightly worried about the finishing. They had the breaks but just couldn't finish off the moves in the English striking circle. Huge credit to England's goalkeeper George Pinner who brought off two fine saves of two penalty corners.
England, winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah, a month back. Though in Ipoh, they played as Great Britain. England would want to play the final against Argentina. They have secured their 2018 World Cup spot in India. Expect a thriller here.
The Olympic Champions Argentina now move into the Hockey World League (Semi-final stage) Final. They will meet the winner of the Holland Vs England match on Sunday. Final scores from the 1st Semi: Argentina 2 Malaysia 1.
Malaysia had a fantastic 1st quarter. After that they faded out. Almost afraid to move up. In case they conceded at the back. They did come back with a stroke. But should have gone for broke at the opportunity they had.
Preview: India will be playing for pride when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a Hockey World League Semi-Final classification match on Saturday. Roelant Oltmans' men suffered an upset at the hands of Malaysia, losing 2-3 on Thursday, which ended dreams of a podium finish.
Akashdeep Singh celebrates scoring India's fifth goal during the Hockey World League Semi Final pool match against Pakistan. Getty
Razie Rahim's double and Tengku Tajuddin not only assured Malaysia a semi-final berth but also a place in the Hockey Men’s World Cup, which will take place in Bhubaneshwar in 2018.
India, tipped as favourites before the quarter-final, will now play Pakistan again to finish in the top six. Pakistan lost the last encounter to India 1-7 and have more than pride to play for with a 2018 World Cup spot at stake.
Though India have their spot at the World Cup assured by courtesy of being the hosts, they should be worried with their performances in the last two games. After a comfortable start to the tournament with three straight wins against Scotland (4-1), Canada (3-0) and Pakistan (7-1), they suffered two defeats against Argentina (1-3) in the final pool clash and Malaysia in the quarter-final (2-3).
In Saturday's semi-finals, Malaysia will face Olympic champions and World No 1 Argentina while World No 7 England take on World No 4 Netherlands for a place in the final.