Tears and screams of rage from the Spanish players echoed from the empty stands of the hockey stadium in Oi, Tokyo, after the cruel outcome of their match against Great Britain. Twice the British took the lead and twice the Spanish equaled. Belén Iglesias scored the equalizer to one by deflecting the launch of one of her teammates in a penalty corner. Berta Bonastre, after a pass from Iglesias, finished off high and got the tie at two.
To elucidate the team that will play the semifinals, it was necessary to tie the tie with a best-of-five shootout. shoot out. They come to be the penalties in soccer, but the launching is different. It is a one against one. The player starts with the ball from the line drawn 22 meters from the goal and has eight seconds to beat the goalkeeper who, also unlike football, can advance his position. In that luck, the ability of the British goalkeeper Claire Hinch was decisive. None of the four Spanish who launched could overcome it. The British had enough to score twice to settle the matter, qualify for the semifinals and maintain their goal of renewing the title they won at Rio 2016.
“I have told the girls to remember when we started and how we played and how it cost us to compete in the quarter-finals in Rio,” said Spanish coach Adrian Lock, recalling the match that Spain lost 3-1 also against Great Britain. “And how we have managed to compete now. It is a path that must not stop. We must continue and, if we continue to grow, we have seen that the work will pay off ”.
Spain was eighth in Rio and achieved bronze medals in the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 European Championship. At the Games, its best results were the famous gold medal at the Barcelona-92 Games and fourth place in Sydney 2000 Next year he will play the World Cup to be held jointly in Terrassa and Amsterdam. “The road has been very long. We have changed the way of being of Spanish women’s hockey and we leave a very great legacy to those who will follow ”, concluded Lock in reference to the physical improvement to adapt to the intensity of international hockey, much higher than that of the League, by change of the game system of the national team and the incorporation of a sports psychologist in 2017, a nutritionist in 2018 and a plan to control sleep cycles and to optimize times. In Tokyo, the team went from less to more. They lost the first two games to Australia and Argentina, but beat New Zealand, China and Japan, before falling into the shoot out against Great Britain.
Spain, 2 (0); Great Britain, 2 (2)
Spain: Ruiz; Ycart, López, Riera, Pons, García, Pérez, Oliva, Jiménez, Petchame, Iglesias —initial team—; Barrios, Bonastre, Mejías, Torres-Quevedo, Magaz.
Britain: Hinch; Unsworth, Toman, Jones, Townsend, Robertson, Rayer, Ansley, Webb, McCallin, Ownsley – initial team; Martin, Petter, Wilkinson, Crackles, Baldson.
Goals: 0-1. M.17. Martin. 1-1. M. 20. Iglesias, from a penalty corner. 2-1. M. 21. Crackles, from a penalty corner. 2-2. M. 51. Bonastre. Shoot-outs: 0-2. The Spanish Ycart, García, Oliva and Pérez failed. The British Martin and Louise scored and Toman failed.
Referees: Neumann (AUS) and Rostron (RSA). They showed Jones, Ycart and Crackles a green card.
Tokyo Oi Stadium. Quarter finals.
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