Six-time champions Germany, Argentina and France advance to semi-finals at World Junior Hockey Championship – .

Six-time champions Germany, Argentina and France advance to semi-finals at World Junior Hockey Championship – .

Six-time champions Germany and Argentina scored relentless victories over Spain and the Netherlands respectively, while France overtook Malaysia to advance to the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday. FIH junior hockey.
In the first quarter-final of the day, Germany secured a narrow 3-1 victory over Spain in a shootout after both sides were stuck 2-2 in regulation time before Argentina only beat the Netherlands 2-1.

In the third quarter-final, the tournament’s surprise package France beat Malaysia 4-0.

Germany took the lead on a penalty stroke thanks to Christopher Kutter in the fifth minute, but the lead was short lived as Ignacio Abajo equalized for Spain from a penalty corner six minutes later.

After two sterile quarters, it was Spain who shocked the Germans in the 59th minute when Eduard de Ignacio-Simo scored a nice basket to give his team the advantage.

There was more drama in store because just with the siren sounding Germany got a penalty corner and Masi Pfandt stepped up the game to take a penalty shootout.

During the shootout, Paul Smith, Michel Struthoff and Hannes Muller found the back of the net, while Matteo Poljaric missed.

Spain were horrendous in the head-to-head situation as Abajo, Guilermo Fortuno and de Ignaci-Simo missed while only Gerard Clapes scored.

Germany are the most successful team in Junior World Cup history, having won the tournament six times.

The Germans won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2013 in New Delhi, which was their final crown.

Germany won the bronze medal at the last edition of the tournament in 2016 in Lucknow.

In the second round of 16, it took 24 minutes to break the deadlock when the 2005 champions Argentina took the lead thanks to Joaquin Kruger’s field strike.

Kruger positioned himself perfectly at the back post to hit a free kick from outside the circle.

But the Netherlands reacted in no time as Miles Bukkens converted a penalty corner in the next minute to enter the stuck 1-1 halftime.

The Netherlands started off on a good note after the change of sides and got four penalty corners in record time, but Argentina’s defense were tough to outsmart the dangers.

The game ultimately turned out to be a heartbreak for the Netherlands as an own own goal in the 59th minute put an end to their hopes.

Sheldon Schouten was on the wrong side of the proceedings when he deflected Floris Middendorp’s cross from the left flank.

The match between France and Malaysia turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Europeans converted four penalty corners thanks to skipper Timothee Clement (14th, 24th, 60th minutes), who scored a hat-trick, and Mathis Clement (31st) to seal their place in the final four rounds, where they face Argentina on Friday.

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